Focus Features to Develop Adaptation of YA Novel THE SCORPIO RACES

Yes, every movie studio out there will have optioned a YA book and will have people working on it.  We’re just waiting to hear about it.

So, here’s one that’s been officially announced, and that’s of Maggie Stiefvater’s YA novel, The Scorpio Races.

English screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne is writing the screenplay based on the 2011 book, which was published by Scholastic.

David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith’s KatzSmith Productions is producing, while Jay Ireland will executive produce. The story is set on the fictional island of Thisby where, every November, a deadly race is held on mystical and dangerous water horses — only one person will win, and some will die.

The project was originally set up at Warner Bros. in 2011 but went into turnaround, and Focus picked it up.

It’ll be a while before we actually get to the pre-production phase of the book, as many books, not just YA, freeze somewhere “in development” purgatory.  Many things have to click into place, so let’s just hope this is just the beginning and the end is a visually entertaining and emotionally gripping film.



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