'Twilight' Author Stephenie Meyer Looks to Adapt 'Down a Dark Hall'

April 19, 2012
Source: Variety

Down a Dark Hall

Though the author doesn't have much street cred with The Twilight Saga and their feature film adaptations not spanning much beyond a tween audience and a variety of female demographics, you can't deny that Stephenie Meyer is still a successful author, even if she isn't a very good one. Her sci-fi novel The Host is already heading to the big screen, but that won't be the last film to come with Meyer's name involved. Variety has word the author is producing an adaptation of Lois Duncan's young adult novel Down a Dark Hall with Meghan Hibbett and the Fickle Fish Films production banner backing the adaptation as well.

Here's the official synopsis of the 1974 book which had a new version published just last year:

Kit Gordy sees Blackwood Hall towering over black iron gates, and she can't help thinking, This place is evil. The imposing mansion sends a shiver of fear through her. But Kit settles into a routine, trying to ignore the rumors that the highly exclusive boarding school is haunted.

Then her classmates begin to show extraordinary and unknown talents. The strange dreams, the voices, the lost letters to family and friends, all become overshadowed by the magic around them.

When Kit and her friends realize that Blackwood isn't what it claims to be, it might be too late.

Meyer also has her hand in the Jerusha Hess directed adaptation of Austenland, so the author has turned her book money into movie money for what will hopefully to prove to be a sound and continued investment. While I have no faith her Meyer as a writer, it seems like she could turn out to be quite the film producer. Apparently Wyck Godfrey, who has been behind The Twilight Saga film adaptations is also involved as a producer, but considering the source material has nothing to do with sparkly vampires and was not written by Meyer, this might actually be something tolerable to see on the big screen.

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  • Richie G
    I "have no faith her Meyer as a writer" either. Damn, I'm a douche
  • Rubbish
    what awful, mean-spirited "journalism." 
    • Xerxexx
       Can you blame him? I mean she isn't the most talented writer in the game...certainly not the worst though.
      • Lebowski
         She might be the worst author selling in such high numbers though. I mean Dan Brown and JK Rowling are by no means particularly good writers, but at least their female protagonists aren't mute, indecisive baby factories.
        • Xerxexx
          When compared, Rowlings female characters are weak and overly dependent on men. Rowling wins in that category.
  • Xerxexx
    Dam...she's kinda hot.
  • . Shannara
    The article author seem to be confused as to what "street cred" means. Perhaps after reading this definition, the author will correct the article: 
  • Lebowski
    Please. Stephanie Meyer has all the writing ability of a semi-literate 14 year old. She couldn't adapt her way out of a wet paper bag.
  • Phantomrockcity
    but she is a genius though. write stories geared toward the most % of the population...TEENAGERS. she knows what she's doing all right.
    • Jericho
      wrong, she is proof that you can get anything by having sex with the publisher....
      • Scopedog any proof of this?
        • Jericho
          the fact the books are published despite mass backlash not enough proof?....
  • Donnadavies80
    stephanie meyer is an exellent author i mean its not just teens that are into her books alot of adults are as well as many of the fanpages can confirm I run a few fan pages and i have alot of adults on them that love twilight
    • Scopedog
      Well....certainly it's a case of "different strokes".  I'm no fan of either the TWILIGHT novels or their films...but then again, I have seen very smart, well-read teens and adults read and love the novels (and THE HOST as well). Meyer is not the first successful writer who's criticized for being a terrible writer.  Jackie Suzanne, Judith Krantz, and John Grisham are just a few examples of this. (To be fair to you, you run fan pages and thus, you've seen the fan reaction.  Again, I'm no fan of TWILIGHT, but then again, the books were not aimed at me, but at a different audience.)
  • Ehsan Davodi
    Shit After Shit
  • Nickperkins
    I couldn't read more than a few pages of Twilight, but The Host was actually pretty excellent. I couldn't believe they came from the same author's mind.




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