Warner Bros. Snags Rights to Film Adaptation of 'The Scorpio Races'
Studios are still on the hunt for the next franchise to take over the box office after The Twilight Saga goes away. The Hunger Games provides a nice outlet for Lionsgate to fill the void, and now Warner Bros. has picked up another property for a film adaptation. Heat Vision reports the studio has landed the movie rights to The Scorpio Races, a new young adult fantasy novel from Maggie Stiefvater which just hit shelves last week. The story follows the first female competitor in the titular races which utilize mythological flesh-eating horses from Celtic lore on an island where the woman falls in love with her horse trainer. Read on!
As you can see, the romance with the fantasy elements keeps it within the same tone as The Twilight Saga, but the competition along with the love story also has shades of The Hunger Games, so you can see why it's appealing for young adults and the studios that want to get them into theaters. Ironically enough, David Katzenberg is producing with Seth Grahame-Smith, the writer behind Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an adaptation that is having a lot of difficulty getting off the ground having just lost the third director who has tried to get the film into production. Hopefully this project doesn't have the same woes as that film and doesn't turn out to be as melodramatic as other popular young adult fare. Thoughts?