Warner Bros. Snags Rights to Film Adaptation of 'The Scorpio Races'

October 28, 2011
Source: Heat Vision

The Scorpio Races

Studios are still on the hunt for the next franchise to take over the box office after The Twilight Saga goes away. The Hunger Games provides a nice outlet for Lionsgate to fill the void, and now Warner Bros. has picked up another property for a film adaptation. Heat Vision reports the studio has landed the movie rights to The Scorpio Races, a new young adult fantasy novel from Maggie Stiefvater which just hit shelves last week. The story follows the first female competitor in the titular races which utilize mythological flesh-eating horses from Celtic lore on an island where the woman falls in love with her horse trainer. Read on!

As you can see, the romance with the fantasy elements keeps it within the same tone as The Twilight Saga, but the competition along with the love story also has shades of The Hunger Games, so you can see why it's appealing for young adults and the studios that want to get them into theaters. Ironically enough, David Katzenberg is producing with Seth Grahame-Smith, the writer behind Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an adaptation that is having a lot of difficulty getting off the ground having just lost the third director who has tried to get the film into production. Hopefully this project doesn't have the same woes as that film and doesn't turn out to be as melodramatic as other popular young adult fare. Thoughts?

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Fantasy... cool! Flesh eating horses... very cool! Celtic lore... awesome! woman falls in love... aw goddam it!!! The twilight effect, turning awesome stories into crappy stories since 2005

Mark Simpson-Daniel on Oct 28, 2011


I've read The Scorpio Races, and it is NOTHING like Twilight. The romance is definitely not the focus of the story (and I wouldn't even call it a romance - a boy and a girl become friends and it seems they'd make a nice match but they don't actually become a couple or anything, primarily because they're both in this race that they both have to win and at least one of them is likely to die since they'll be racing creatures that CRAVE HUMAN FLESH and COME OUT OF THE SEA). Where Twilight is silly, this book is bewitching. I have no idea how Warner Bros. will pull off the mythological flesh-eating horses, but a girl can dream...

sukeedog on Oct 31, 2011


Have we forgotten Sean Kendrick, the returning champion of the Scorpio Races?  The one who has survived the deadly races and TRAINS MAN EATING HORSES?  The book was told in dual point of view.  I hope the movie at least mentions him 😉

anon on Jan 14, 2012


That's who they mean by 'her horse trainer she falls in love with' although he isn't really her horse trainer.

IggyPogo on Jun 6, 2013


*squeals* This is my all-time favorite book! I'm so glad it's becoming a movie, though a little worried. What if they wreck it like some book-to-movies? It's such a magical book, and the romance is... non existent. Don't ever compare it to Twilight. This is something magical, beautiful... I love it. <3 Anyways. *raises hand* I'd love to be Puck. I'm a ginger, and a horse-back rider, so... *fades back into wallpaper*

IggyPogo on Jun 6, 2013

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