Book News Wrap-Up (25th June 2014)

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Lots going on in the world of books, particularly with movie options, so here are a few you need to know about.

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Printz honour horror YA series The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey (New York Times bestseller with The Fifth Wave) has just been optioned by Warner Brothers, with screenwriter for The Mortal Instruments movie, Jessica Postigo, signed on for script duties. The critically acclaimed gothic horror series revolves around a man who studies monsters and the young orphan who assists him. Originally, the series had been cancelled by its publisher Simon & Schuster due to low sales, but a fan organised campaign led to a 4th book being released. Hopefully this announcement can help bolster sales.

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As the box office for The Fault In Our Stars sails past $100m, Paramount are ready to push the next John Green adaptation into the world with Looking For Alaska. While creator of The OC and Chuck, Josh Schwartz, had originally signed on to direct, and had written a script for the project that made the Hollywood Blacklist, Hollywood Reporter has suggested that award winning actor and film-maker Sarah Polley (Away From Her and Stories We Tell) is in talks to helm the project. Polley’s name would add a certain prestige to the project, although it certainly wouldn’t need it to hit the big time commercially.

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Annapurna Pictures, the production company founded by every indie film-maker’s favourite billionaire heiress Megan Ellison, has bought the option rights to A House in the Sky, Amanda Lindhout’s memoir (co-written by Sara Corbett) of her 15 month imprisonment in Somalia. The film, which does not currently have a director or writer attached, will star and be produced by Rooney Mara as soon as she’s finished filming her super diverse and not at all offensive role as Tiger Lily in Joe Wright’s totally not whitewashed Peter Pan movie. Mara approached Annapurna with this potential project herself. The Oscars are a-coming, Rooney!

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