The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater has been optioned by New Line Cinema. The novel releases September 18.
Akiva Goldsman is set to produce the film. He has worked on such films as A Beautiful Mind, I, Robot, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The studio in the process of finding a screenwriter.
The Raven Boys follows Blue Sargent, a teenage girl who lives with her family of psychics. Blue is the only non-psychic is a family bursting with them. Blue is also destined to kill her true love with a kiss. So her life is complicated to say the least. Even though Blue can’t connect with the spirits, her presence enhances other psychics’ abilities. Every year Blue helps her family watch over the soon-to-be dead but never actually sees anyone until now.
Blue doesn’t worry too much about her future until she meets The Raven boys, a group of friends who attend the local private school that caters to the rich. Gansey is clearly the leader who holds the group together and the one on a mission to find Glendower, a Welsh Prince with a mythical story. Then there is Ronan, who is angry at the world due to the loss of his father. Adam is the local boy masquerading as a Raven Boy. Adam’s home life is not pleasant and being a poor Raven Boy isn’t always easy. Lastly there is Noah, who observes everything and only talks when it is really important.
The story uses unique lore and well written characters to engage the reader which should translate well onto the big screen.