Actress Emma Watson is teaming up with Harry Potter producer David Heyman to adapt a forthcoming trilogy titled Queen of the Tearling which is described as a female Game of Thrones.
The project will be distributed by Warner Bros. Queen of the Tearling’s first book will debut in 2014 and is written by Erika Johansen, who dreamt up the fantasy series “partly” when “the author heard Barack Obama give a speech in 2007,” according to Variety. The story is set 300 years after an “environmental catastrophe when a malevolent Red Queen holds considerable power.”
Queen of the Tearling will be published by HarperCollins, who acquired the rights for a remarkable 7-figure number, according to a report by the Associated Press in February.
In a press release issued by HarperCollins that same month, they described the book as “a female-oriented Game of Thrones that is also an insightful human story whose heroine is grappling with both the daily realities of coming-of-age and the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly–all while simply trying to stay alive.” The story is set “three centuries after a small portion of the human race has populated a landmass that mysteriously emerged in the wake of an environmental catastrophe, the series follows nineteen-year-old princess Kelsea Glynn, who must reclaim her deceased mother’s throne and redeem her kingdom, the Tearling, from forces of corruption and dark magic of The Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of the neighboring country, Mortmesne.”
The author reportedly offers “masterful storytelling, combined with her ability to transport the reader to another fully-realized world.”
Watson can currently be seen in This is the End in a role that pits her against Seth Rogen, James Franco, and other comedians in an apocalyptic setting. Last year she starred in the book to film adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This October she can be seen in Noah. Watson says she plans to return to Brown University at the end of this year, and just this morning we told you she wants theater to be her next “thing.”