DreamWorks Eyes Adaptation of Young Adult Novel 'Shadow & Bone'
by Ben Pearson
September 12, 2012
Ever since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 left theaters, studios have been scrambling to find the next big worldwide young adult sensation to adapt into a film series, hoping to catch lightning in a bottle once again. Now a press release has revealed that DreamWorks has acquired the latest possible successor to the Potter throne with the first book in the Grisha Trilogy called Shadow and Bone, written by Leigh Bardugo. Harry Potter producer David Heyman is producing this one along with Up in the Air producer Jeffrey Clifford, so maybe this one has the traction to get made sooner than later. More below!
Here's the full synopsis for Shadow and Bone from Amazon:
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.
I must admit, the premise sounds like a typical young adult story that we've seen so many times these days, so more than anything here I'm intrigued to see what the world ends up looking like. There's a ton of potential to create something unique and visually dazzling here, and with the right director, this could separate itself from the slate of properties that share a lot of similar elements.
This has to be a surreal experience for author Leigh Bardugo since this is her first novel and now it's getting adapted into a huge movie. The next two novels in the trilogy are set for release in 2013 and 2014 respectively (no pressure or anything), and we'll expect to hear more about the movie development as it heads toward production with DreamWorks. Interested?