A Shadow and Bone movie is in the works. It will be announced today that Dreamworks has acquired film rights to Leigh Bardugo’s fantasy bestseller, and Harry Potter series producer David Heyman will produce.
The book’s summary paints a fantasy description centering around an orphan child with special powers (see why Heyman likes it?): “Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.”
“Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.”
“Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.”
The nation of Ravka is a fantasy version of Russia, as indicated by its cover. This project is in the very early stages, and as such a release date has not been set. Shadow and Bone is the first book in the author’s planned Grisha Trilogy, so up to three (or four if Dreamworks wants to follow the recent hot trend of splitting one book into two films) could be made. Book 2 is expected to be released in 2013.