Warner Bros. Picks Up 'Monstrumologist' & 'I’ll Give You the Sun'
by Ethan Anderton
June 24, 2014
Following the success of The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent this year, both with Shailene Woodley, and the continued success of franchises like The Hunger Games, it seems young adult novels are still getting picked up left and right for potential film adaptations, and Warner Bros. has just doubled down by picking up two new properties. Deadline reports the studio has picked up the four-book fantasy series Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, while THR has word that they've also picked up I'll Give You the Sun, a book on the opposite end of the spectrum about two teenage twins and their tragic coming-of-age.
First up, Monstrumologist is set in 1888 and follows a doctor and his orphan assistant with a most unusual specialty: monster hunting. One night, the two are confronted by a half-eaten girl and a creature called Anthropophagus, a headless monster that feeds through a mouth in its chest. But this specimen is merely a baby in its species, and reveals that more are coming, and threaten humankind. This is the first book in the series, which also includes The Curse of the Wendigo, The Isle of Blood and The Final Descent. Warner Bros. is likely looking for a new franchise, and they've set Jessica Postigo (The Mortal Instruments) to adapt, so it's a toss up as to whether this will work.
On the less fantastical end of the spectrum, we have I'll Give You the Sun. Unlike The Fault in Our Stars, this book by Jandy Nelson hasn't yet found an audience since it has yet to be published. However, the story is already gaining traction in the book industry as it follows two inseparable teenage twins torn apart by tragedy as they deal with coming-of-age issues such as sexuality and more. The teenage boy is gay while the girl had a terrible first-time sexual encounter, and the book alternates between each of their perspectives as the artists grow as their life experiences ups and downs. There's no writer attached yet, but Denise DiNovi and Alison Greenspan (The Best of Me) will produce. Either projects sound interesting?