YA novels Landscape With Invisible Hand and Wrath & the Dawn optioned for movies

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:21 AM EDT (Updated)

Overall, it was a good day for the world of Young Adult fiction, with two separate novels being optioned for movie adaptations by some of the better production companies in the game.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Plan B (Brad Pitt's company) and Annapurna Pictures snapped up M.T. Anderson's National Book Award winner Landscape With Invisible Hand, which has only been out for two months. Somewhere between The Twilight Zone's classic episode "To Serve Man" and Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle, Landscape is about an alien invasion like no other.

Here's the official synopsis:

"When the vuvv first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth — but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can it really be called an invasion when the vuvv generously offered free advanced technology and cures for every illness imaginable? As it turns out, yes. With his parents’ jobs replaced by alien tech and no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv’s miraculous medicine, Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, have to get creative to survive. And since the vuvv crave anything they deem classic Earth culture (doo-wop music, still life paintings of fruit, true love), recording 1950s-style dates for the vuvv to watch in a pay-per-minute format seems like a brilliant idea. But it’s hard for Adam and Chloe to sell true love when they hate each other more with every passing episode. Soon enough, Adam must decide how far he’s willing to go — and what he’s willing to sacrifice — to give the vuvv what they want."


The movie is part of a three-year film deal between Plan B and Annapurna, according to the THR report. Negotiation was handled by Anonymous Content for the book's publisher, McCormick Literary.

On the fantasy side of things, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment will be making Renée Ahdieh's 2015 bestselling book The Wrath & the Dawn. Inspired by Middle Eastern folklore, mainly A Thousand and One Nights, the novel is about a young, bloodthirsty caliph and the girl out to stop him.

Here's the official synopsis:

"Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all."


Imagine producer Erica Huggins (Flightplan, J. Edgar, Get on Up) is in charge of development for the project, according to THR.

What do you think of these adaptations moving forward? Have you read either of the books? Any casting ideas? Let us know in the comments!