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Warner Bros Has Crowned Emma Watson as the 'Queen of the Tearling'

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June 13, 2013
Source: Variety

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Right now you can see Emma Watson surviving the apocalypse alongside Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and more in This is The End, but Warner Bros. will be sending the Harry Potter franchise star back to blockbuster fantasy territory soon. Variety has word that the studio and Harry Potter producer David Heyman are teaming up for an adaptation of Erika Johansen's upcoming fantasy book Queen of the Tearling, the first in a trilogy which will hit shelves sometime in 2014. The project is described as a female-centric "Game of Thrones" style story with a 19-year-old protagonist leading the charge. Read on!

Though story details have not yet been revealed, the action takes place three centuries after an environmental catastrophe when a malevolent Red Queen holds considerable power. Watson's character likely shakes up the establishment somehow. By the time the project gets off the ground, Watson will have already proven herself enough outside of the realm of fantasy to return to the genre. Following a stellar supporting turn in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, she'll also be seen leading Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring and also stars in Darren Aronofsky's Noah arriving next year. It sounds like this book will be a potential bestseller, so expect to hear more when it hits shelves next year.

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  • DAVIDPD
    That is a terrible title.
  • Wafffles
    I truly don't understand this growing trend to adapt books before they're even released. An unproven, unheard of writer is given a 7-figure (?!) contract to write a series that is a rather unabashed copy of an older popular series, and before it's even released they 'know' it's going to be a hit, and make a movie from it. Is that what audiences have been distilled to? Is it this obvious how to make a billion dollars off of people who, at one point, enjoyed original stories and remotely challenging ideas? I mean no disrespect to Emma Watson, who will certainly do a wonderful job with the material she has to work with, nor to George R.R. Martin who has dedicated decades to historical research and the meticulous realization of an alternate world rivaled only by an elite few like J.R.R. Tolkien. Indeed, this particular project may be an exception to my premise, but it is the straw that broke the camels back, as it were. If it is this obvious, this trivial, to construct entertainment for the masses that will "so obviously be successful" that they can invest hundreds of millions of dollars before a single potential fan has seen so much as a full synopsis, then it's irrelevant whether this is actually any good or if it's just another Twilightesque guilty pleasure: the precedent now exists to encourage and reassure publishing houses and production companies that the formula for success is not an original story or beautiful prose or authentic intrigue, but merely a smattering of 'exciting' sword fights and attractive men and women, 'empowered' or otherwise.
  • mmmmmmm
    ...Meh. Will probably not be worth while. BUT MY GOD is Emma Watson beautiful.
  • lewinston
    Sooo... does this mean Emma Watson will die in this movie? 0_o

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