Playwright David Auburn Adapting 'A Discovery of Witches' for WB
From vampires to zombies to werewolves, now witches. Variety is reporting that Warner Bros is adapting a novel called A Discovery of Witches, written by Deborah Harkness, and they've lined up quite a prolific writer to take on the task. Playwright David Auburn, winner Joseph Kesselring Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the Drama Desk Award, and the Tony Award for "Proof", has been hired to adapt the script for WB. The studio acquired the rights to adapt the film last year, and has producers Denise Di Novi (Crazy Stupid Love, Nights in Rodanthe, The Lucky One) and Allison Greenspan developing the project. Sounds fascinating.
A Discovery of Witches, the first in the All Souls Trilogy, which is of course a key component to this project's development at the studio, was published in 2011 by Deborah Harkness, her first her first work of fiction. "A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight." There's the hook. It tells the story of an unwilling, modern-day witch who inadvertently calls up an ancient enchanted manuscript at Oxford University's Bodleian Library, thereby attracting the unwelcome notice of a host of magical creatures who live among humans, including other witches, daemons, and a 1,500 year-old French vampire. Sounds like quite a fantastical premise that we one day soon might see. We'll keep you updated.