Book Option Roundup: See What Books Have Been Picked Up This Week

There have been a lot of option announcements recently – some we are looking forward to, some we have no idea what they are, some that we see other people excited about. Book to movie or book to TV adaptations are always a scary thing, but what they do tell us is the books that we need to be reading.

Here’s a round up of some of the latest.

9781616205676-675x1024Fox Animation has purchased the film adaptation rights of middle grade novel ‘The Girl Who Drank the Moon’ by Kelly Barnhill. Marc Haimes, who is the screenwriter behind Kubo and the Two Strings, has been tapped to write the script.

SYNOPSIS: Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. 

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule–but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.

terranautsThe CW has bought the rights to The Terranauts with Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) set to produce.

Zach Helm is set to write the script.

SYNOPSIS: Linda is desperate to be one of the lucky eight chosen to take part in the world’s most ambitious ecological experiment. Gazing longingly at Ecosphere II, which rises like a spaceship from the Arizona desert, Linda knows she can survive under its glass dome. Competition is fierce between the hopefuls, among them smooth-talking PR man Ramsay, and Dawn, a naïve beauty. All are certain that they would never, ever, break closure before two years are up – unlike their discredited predecessors.

Inside this humid microcosm, the terranauts’ labours over crops and livestock, their battles with creepy crawlies, their hostilities and sexual dalliances are all observed by the tourists who come to gawp, Mission Control’s cameras and the watchful eye of the media. As the crew struggles to control nature, and hunger sets in, the snake in this Eden starts to look unmistakably human.

ms In the news of a book that hasn’t been released yet, Cross Creek Pictures has picked up the film rights of the upcoming YA novel, Unearthed by writing duo Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

The book is set to be released in 2017 from Disney Hyperion. It is described as, “Lara Croft Meets Indiana Jones, set in deep space.”

Doug Liman is attached to develop and direct.

mortal Peter Jackson is set to co-write and produce the adaptation of Philip Reeve’s, Mortal Engines.

Universal has partnered with MRC on the project. Jackson will not be directing the film – that honor goes to a protege of his, Christian Rivers.

BOOK SYNOPSIS: “It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.”

The great traction city London has been skulking in the hills to avoid the bigger, faster, hungrier cities loose in the Great Hunting Ground. But now, the sinister plans of Lord Mayor Mangus Crome can finally unfold.

Thaddeus Valentine, London’s Head Historian and adored famous archaeologist, and his lovely daughter, Katherine, are down in The Gut when the young assassin with the black scarf strikes toward his heart, saved by the quick intervention of Tom, a lowly third-class apprentice. Racing after the fleeing girl, Tom suddenly glimpses her hideous face: scarred from forehead to jaw, nose a smashed stump, a single eye glaring back at him. “Look at what your Valentine did to me!” she screams. “Ask him! Ask him what he did to Hester Shaw!” And with that she jumps down the waste chute to her death. Minutes later Tom finds himself tumbling down the same chute and stranded in the Out-Country, a sea of mud scored by the huge caterpillar tracks of cities like the one now steaming off over the horizon.

zach You know that you are a pretty big deal when the publishing community goes into a bidding war. Zach King has turned his popular online videos into a three book deal and a feature film.

And the big deal about the movie – Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment has preemptively bought the rights.

The book is described as, “11-year-old Zach King, who has magical powers like everyone in his family but, despite his training, is having trouble harnessing his abilities. Zach’s parents send him to the scariest of all real worlds, middle school, to help him appreciate his natural gifts. Now it is up to Zach to find a way to survive the seventh grade by using his magical abilities to become the most popular kid in school.”

What book are you excited to see come to the big screen?

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