Nope, the YA fantasy romance craze is not quite over just yet – at least, if Universal has anything to do with it. The studio has finally set a director to helm their (hopeful) next big YA property, with Michael Gracey now set to direct their adaptation of Laini Taylor’s “Daughter of Smoke & Bone.” This one has been some time in the making – the studio picked up the rights back in December of 2011, and the first of Taylor’s trilogy hit shelves in September of that same year.
THR first reported that Gracey will take on the project, which comes with a screenplay by Stuart Beattie (Collateral) with rewrites by Taylor herself. Gracey, a former commercials director, is making the leap to the big screen with another high profile project – Rocketman, the Tom Hardy-starring Elton John biopic.
The series, predictably enough, focuses on a teen girl with a secret. As THR shares, it “tells the tale of a 17-year-old art student whose father occasionally sends her on errands around the world collecting human teeth for a mysterious purpose. The young woman gradually becomes aware that she is part of an ancient struggle between devils and angels and finds herself in a forbidden romance with a warrior angel.” Wait. Teeth?
Taylor’s series is, however, lauded by critics and readers alike, as THR notes that the first book picked up accolades like being Amazon’s No. 1 teen book, along with inclusions on Publishers Weekly‘s Best Books of 2011, Huffington Post’s Top 10 YA Book of 2011, and The New York Times‘ Notable Children’s Books of 2011. The second book in the series, “Days of Blood & Starlight,” was a New York Times bestseller. The third and final book, “Dreams of Gods & Monsters,” will hit the U.S. next spring.
Are you a fan of Taylor’s series? Any ideas on casting you’d like to see?
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