Kimberly Peirce is Directing an Adaptation of 'Wicked Lovely'
by Ethan Anderton
September 23, 2010
Yet another candidate to replace The Twilight Saga upon its impending conclusion has manifested itself as Deadline reports director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry, Stop-Loss) has signed for an adaptation of Melissa Marr's dark fantasy novel Wicked Lovely, the first in a whole series. The story follows Aislinn, a girl who has always seen faeries but followed her grandmother's rules to ignore them at all costs. But suddenly the faeries are stalking her and she's forced to confront them and their world that she's feared all her life. Scary and dark, this is not the kind of "fairy tale" that audiences have seen many times before.
Though Aislinn has ignored these faeries, Keenan the Summer King has taken notice of her and is trying to talk to her, asking questions she's afraid to answer. Keenan has been searching for his Summer Queen for nine centuries and now he has his eyes on Aislinn to take the throne whether she likes it or not. Though it sounds like of hokey, the fact that write Caroline Thompson (City of Ember, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands) is scripting the adaptation does interest me somewhat. It's also interesting to note that Vince Vaughn, his sister Valerie and Peter Billingsley (Ralphie from A Christmas Story) will produce through the Wild West Picture Show Production banner for Universal.
Strange assembly of talent on this one, but if it proves successful, surely the next four books in the series (Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity, Radiant Shadows and the forthcoming release of Darkest Mercy) will be on the way to the big screen. Peirce certainly knows how to handle drama (Boys Don't Cry) and she crafted one of the better Iraq war dramas (Stop-Loss) during a whole run of inferior films on the same topic. Perhaps she can make this kind of material appealing to more than young teenage girls and cougars. Any fans of the series interested?
It seems like an interesting movie, after so many movies about Vampires and Zombies recently the faeries deserve a movie of their own.
Luis M on Sep 23, 2010
Big fan of Melissa Marr's books. She writes so ethereally that I wonder if they'll be able to pull it off. And of course, not turn it into some disgusting teenage angst. If you're turned off by Twilight, make sure to give Wicked Lovely a chance.
Stef on Sep 23, 2010
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