This morning, Entertainment Weekly broke the news that Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, the first in her young adult series featuring an orphan girl who has powers that could save her world, was picked up by Dreamworks. David Heyman, the producer of the Harry Potter franchise, and Jeffrey Clifford, of Up in the Air, will be producing the film.
More than a decade ago, Harry Potter broke into the scene of young adult book-to-screen adaptations and was the start of other young adult series being adapted for screen (Twilight and The Hunger Games being the other two big examples).
With the genre proving to be a burgeoning market for movie makers, it’s not a surprise that Dreamworks picked up a series to turn into a film. Shadow and Bone is a high adventure fantasy taking place in a land called Ravka.
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend, Mal, is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.
The first book was released in June and you can read the excerpt of Shadow and Bone here at Heroes and Heartbreakers to see if this is a series you can get behind (or read Leigh Bardugo’s post about Skin-Deep Beauty). While reading the book I was pretty confident that this book could be the next big thing and the book trailer surely adds to the cinematic possibilities of it.
The second book in the series in June 2013 and in the meantime no director has been chosen for the project but with the power of a producer like David Heyman on the scene, I have high hopes.
Will you be anticipating the release of the movie? What do you think of Harry Potter's David Heyman taking on the project?