Michael Gracey to Direct DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE for Universal

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Universal Pictures has chosen a director for the studio’s adaptation of the Laini Taylor YA fantasy novel Daughter of Smoke & BoneHeat 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.

daughter-of-smoke-bone-book-coverHere’s the synopsis for Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone:

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself? [Amazon]




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  • Marisa

    I love this book and its sequel and I’m eagerly waiting the final book . This could be an incredibly visual movie in the right director’s hands. Think Pans Labyrinth was what I was thinking when I read these. And her ‘father’ is one of the mentioned ‘demons’.

    • The Flobbit

      Really? Or is it just another one of those big, supernatural teen romances for 14-17 year old girls?

      • cameronmm

        24 year old guy and I liked the books. The romance is more of a backstory, I never really liked fantasy books before this one, I would recommend it.

      • The Flobbit

        Is it cliched in any way?

      • cameronmm

        No I actually think it is pretty original, especially the characters. It’s also funny at the same time and really well written.

      • The Flobbit

        Thanks for the rec.

    • cameronmm

      I never considered Brimstone her father, more just her caretaker. Maybe they are switching it in the movie or something.

      • Marisa

        That’s why I had father in ‘ ‘ and was more of a response to the way that Adam used the term in his description of the book. A great visual effects company could have a lot of fun creating the various chimera in the story which is actually the correct term for the ‘demons’ in the story right?

      • cameronmm

        Good point. And yes Chimera is the correct term, I am guessing whoever wrote the article doesn’t know much about the actual book haha.

      • Marisa

        Do they ever do their research on this site? ;)

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