Summit has selected screenwriter Moira Buffini (Jane Eyre) to pen their upcoming feature film adaptation of the YA fantasy novel, The Night Circus. The book, by Erin Morgenstern, tells the story of two young magicians in the early 19th century. Raised and trained by their illusionist fathers (who are rivals in their own right), Celia and Marco engage in a magician’s duel beneath the striped canvas tents of The Night Circus. As is often the case in YA literature these days, an ill-fated romance develops between the two. The combination of Victorian era sentiment and young romance should jive well for Buffini. Hit the jump for more on The Night Circus.
THR reported that Buffini would be penning the adaptation of The Night Circus for Summit, which picked up the rights in January of 2011. Buffini also has Neil Jordan’s (The Crying Game) Byzantium to her writing credits, which stars Saorise Ronan (Hanna) and Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) as a daughter-mother vampire duo. Buffini has also adapted Tamara Drewe, based on the comic strip serial by Posy Simmonds. Check out a synopsis for The Night Circus novel below (via Amazon):
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.