Universal Pictures has chosen a director for the studio’s adaptation of the Laini Taylor YA fantasy novel Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Heat Vision reports that commercials director Michael Gracey will take the helm of the project, which revolves around a 17-year-old art student whose father sends her all over the world collecting human teeth for a mysterious purpose. The young woman soon realizes that she’s part of an ancient struggle between angels and demons, and finds herself in a love affair with a warrior angel. Stuart Beattie (Collateral) initially penned the screenplay with subsequent rewrites by Taylor, and Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman) will produce.
Gracey had been developing a China-set take on Snow White at Disney before the Mouse House put a hold on that project. He’s expected to make his feature debut with the Elton John biopic Rocketman, starring Tom Hardy, and he’s also attached to helm Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman on Earth. No word on how soon Smoke & Bone might come to fruition, but Universal is likely eager to get in on the YA craze. Read a synopsis for the novel after the jump.