THE SCORPIO RACES movie adaptation has a director

A newcomer who impressed at Sundance will take on The Scorpio Races movie adaptation

It was announced last year that there was plans to adapt Maggie Stiefvater‘s best-selling book The Scorpio Races into a movie by Focus Features.  Now, Variety reports that they’ve hired newcomer director Matt Sobel to helm the Scorpio Races movie.

Sobel apparently made an impression at this year’s Sundance Film Festival with his film “Take Me to the River.”  The Scorpio Races will be his first major studio film, and he’ll have the backing of Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg as producers under KatzSmith Productions as well as Jay Ireland as executive producer.

Book Overview:

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

Source: Variety

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