DreamWorks' Adaptation of SHADOW & BONES Secures a Writer


Dreamworks Studios acquired the feature film rights to Leigh Bardugo's debut novel SHADOW AND BONE last September - and as of today, the project may have its writer.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Christopher Kyle, who wrote Kathryn Bigelow's K-10: WIDOWMAKER and THE WEIGHT OF WATER, is in late negotiations to pen the adaptation's script.

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The young adult fantasy was published in June 2012 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, and is the first in a planned three book series, called the Grisha Trilogy. David Heyman, who produced the Harry Potter films, will produce along with "Up in the Air" producer Jeffrey Clifford.

In "Shadow and Bone," a young woman must learn to control her newly discovered power in order to save her country from the Shadow Fold, a creature-filled darkness that threatens to overrun the land.

"Shadow and Bone" debuted on the New York Times' Best Sellers list with Bardugo being one of the few first-time authors to make that list this year. The book has been selling consistently since its June 5th publishing date and Macmillan recently went back for a third printing at the end of July. Amazon also selected "Shadow and Bone" as both an adult and children's Book of the Month pick and is the only title to have that distinction.

Internationally, the book was released simultaneously in the United Kingdom with ten more territories scheduled for release over the next year. The next book in the series, "Siege and Storm," is scheduled for release in June 2013 with the third installment coming in summer 2014.

Kyle most recently wrote the big-screen adaptation of SERENA with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, which has yet to secure a domestic distributor.