On the eve of the book’s publication, comes the news of a movie deal for the debut title in a planned five-book YA series, Beautiful Creatures.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. is looking for a way to fill the revenue hole that the Harry Potter movies will eventually leave (the last in the series, Deathly Hollows, is coming out in two parts, scheduled for Nov 19, 2010 and July 15, 2011.) Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly sees the move as part of the “hunt for the next Twilight.”
Warner has hired Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You) to write and direct.
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The book is being promoted by Amazon (it’s being featured on the books home page and the Amazon editors picked it as #5 in the Top 100 titles for 2009). In sales rankings, it is now at #68.
Of course, this isn’t the only series that movie people have declared the next HP or Twilight:
The Harry Potter mantel:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, (if you haven’t already, check out the new trailer) — scheduled for release Feb. 12, 2010. It is directed by Chris Columbus, who also directed the first two HP movies.
Septimus Heap: Magyk — announced for 2012, an animated film.
The new Twilight (the next in that series, Eclipse is coming June 20, 2010 and it’s been rumored that the last book, Breaking Dawn, will be slpit into two movies):
Mortal Instruments — Jessica Postigo (Operation Checkmate) has been signed up to write the script that is based on the novels City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass.
The Host — Stephenie Meyer’s title published for adults was signed up recently. It’s not a series, at least not yet. Meyer has hinted that she might return to the story, most recently on last’s week’s CBS Sunday Morning.
House of Night — the series was acquired last year, but no news since.