Universal Lands Rights to 'The School for Good and Evil' Book Trilogy
Universal is heading into children's fantasy territory with the recently released The School for Good and Evil, the first book in a new trilogy from writer Soman Chainani. The studio landed to the rights to the book series which will be adapted by the author and Hook screenwriter Malia Scotch-Marmo. THR says the book hit shelves on May 14th and heads across the pond early next month with a story that follows two best friends on the opposite end of the spectrum as they head into The School for Good and Evil where they will be trained as either a hero or a villain. But things don't quite go as the young girls expected. Read on!
Here's the official synopsis of the book:
At the School for Good and Evil, failing your fairy tale is not an option.
Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.
The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed—Sophie's dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.
But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are?
Sounds like there's the opportunity for a cool story here with a couple of strong female characters. And in the hands of Alice in Wonderland and Oz: The Great and Powerful producer Joe Roth and Palek Patel, it's sure to be quite the fantasy spectacle as well. Jane Startz is also producing, and she's had her hand in other family fantasies like Tuck Everlasting and Ella Enchanted. We'll have to see who ends up directing, but it will be the casting of the two young female leads that will really make this work. There are plenty of talented young actresses out there like Chloe Moretz and Saoirse Ronan who would make this exciting, but we'll have to wait and see how this plays out since it's still early. Interested?