RAMONA AND BEEZUS Writer Tapped to Adapt Fantasy Novel FIRELIGHT

     January 24, 2011

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And the next young-adult fantasy novel to become a major motion picture is……Firelight! Mandalay Pictures has hired screenwriter Nick Pustay (Ramona and Beezus) to adapt Sophie Jordan’s young-adult fantasy novel Firelight. The book tells the story of a young girl who is of a race that can morph from human to dragon at will. The girl’s family moves to live among humans, but the girl falls in love with a dragon hunter. Heat Vision reports that Cathy Schulman (Crash) will produce the film. No director has been set for the project at this point. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of the novel, the last line of which should tell you what to expect from a film adapation.

Here’s the synopsis for Firelight by Sophie Jordan:

Jacinda is extraordinary–even for a draki (descendants of dragons who can shift into human form): she is a fire-breather. Unique and invaluable to her “pride,” the 16-year-old is kept on a short leash, and it has already been ordained that she will mate with the alpha male, Cassian. Jacinda’s determination to do things her own way finds her nearly captured by dragon hunters, but a surprisingly kind young hunter named Will allows her to escape. Rather than suffer the pride’s punishment for her daughter’s risky behavior, Jacinda’s mother decides the family should flee to live among regular humans. Masquerading as a typical high school student would bury Jacinda’s draki nature until it died out. When Will turns out to be a classmate, Jacinda finds that her inexplicable attraction to him keeps her feel of fire and flight alive. Being near a hunter is the most dangerous choice Jacinda can make, yet her desire for him–and need to preserve her inner dragon–cannot be ignored. This distinctive twist on the popular supernatural romance theme will appeal to fans of the genre, even if a lack of resolution at this story’s culmination may frustrate some readers. “Twilight” fans ready to move beyond vampires will jump right in. (Amazon)

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