Christopher Kyle to Adapt Screenplay for ‘SHADOW AND BONE’ Movie

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I just finished reading Leigh Bardugo‘s ‘Shadow and Bone’ novel recently, and I absolutely loved it.  So, knowing that the movie rights were sold, that the possibility of it being made into an actual movie, just sends me geeky goosebumps all over.  I guess you can say that I’m excited for the possibility.

Now here’s the latest news to come about from it.  The DreamWorks bought adaptation has a writer for the screenplay!

Christopher Kyle is in negotiations to adapt Shadow and Bone, DreamWorks’ adaptation of the YA fantasy from Leigh Bardugo.

Harry Potter producer David Heyman is producing, as is Jeffrey Clifford (Up in the Air).

Christopher Kyle, you say?  Who’s Christopher Kyle?  Well, let’s see…

Kyle, repped by ICM Partners and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, penned K-19: Widowmaker and co-wrote The Weight of Water, both of which were directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and worked on Oliver Stone’s Alexander, which starred Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie.

Last year, he adapted Ron Rash’s novel Serena, which shot with Susanne Bier behind the camera and Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence top-lining the period drama. The picture is in the midst of seeking a distributor.

Making the announcement that they have a screenwriter along with the two producers is a good thing if you want to see progress in the development part of the movie-making process.  However, when they listed the writers credits, my mouth twisted awkwardly in a distressing manner.  

You see, from what’s he’s listed as writing, I’ve only seen Stone’s ‘Alexander,’ and let me just say that that movie is not particularly in my “favorite movies” category.  Actually, it’s pretty much in the opposite spectrum of my list of categories, which is so not good.  

Also, he doesn’t have a very extensive credits list on IMDB, so it would seem that he’s still fairly new to this whole movie thing.  What’s odd is that his scripts have been through the hands of very well-respected actors, so it’s odd to think that his scripts don’t attract.  Still, this history of Kyle’s doesn’t bode well for my feelings about how this movie could end up for DreamWorks, or the fans of the book in general.  

I’d like to think that it’s the the sum of its parts that make or break a movie, or anything else for that matter, so it would be unfair for me to think that the writer will kill the movie.  However, in a way, it can, especially if the writer doesn’t take care to respect the original source material, and when it comes to books, that’s a very important matter to respect.   Many movies suffered from such a thing, and so even though the attraction of turning YA literature into the “next big hit” is strong right now, the demand from the readers to keep close to the source material is still very strong, no matter if a previous movie was able to be successful despite straying every once in a while from the originals (Yes, David Heyman, I’m talking to you, too).  And it starts with the writing.  

What I’m saying that I just really hope, and will continue to do so for each book-to-movie adaptation, they Christopher keeps that in mind when he writes this book out.  The big things are easy to remember, but the little things are what make the story unique.   

Here’s a little synopsis of the book: 

The first book of the intended trilogy takes place in a land under attack by a swath of darkness filled with creatures that feast on human flesh. A young woman discovers she has a dormant power that could be a key to turning the tide and is taken to be trained by her country’s magical elite.

You can also read my review on ‘Shadow and Bone.’

via Hollywood Reporter.

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Random Fandom Movie News: ‘Harry Potter’ producer to make ‘Shadow and Bone’

Shadow and Bone has already made an impressive debut in the YA novels area, but now it’s getting a chance to be an impressive movie as well, what with Harry Potter producer David Heyman backing this up.

DreamWorks has picked up the movie rights to Leigh Bardugo’s bestseller Shadow and Bone, about an orphan girl whose ability to harness a rare magic makes her one of her nation’s most coveted warriors.

Holly Bario, DreamWorks’ president of production, will announce the acquisition later today, and although every studio would like to grab a fresh YA book series in the hope that it can be turned into the next Harry Potter-style film franchise, not every film has the actual producer of the Potter movies overseeing it.

Shadow and Bone would be the exception.

David Heyman will produce with Jeffrey Clifford under Heymaker Films.

The book, which debuted in June, is set in a fantasy version of Russia called Ravka, which is bisected by a territory called the Shadow Fold, brimming with a breed of flying fiends who feast on human flesh. The leadership of Ravka studies children to find those who can wield the power of the elements — fire, wind, water — or can mystically heal, then recruits these powerful young ones into the elite monster-fighting squad known as The Grisha, while all others are conscripted into brutal life in the regular army.

Alina Starkov is one of the latter — a seeming nobody who serves as a mere cartographer until her best friend, Mal, is wounded in an attack, triggering her latent ability to harness the power of light. Not many others in Ravka can do that, and Alina becomes both a prize and a target due to her rare abilities.

They have yet to secure a direct or screenwriter, so everything is still up in the air, but with the gush of YA novels turning into big screen films, I’m sure the studios are itching to get as many out as possible.

Bardugo’s next book in the series will be called Siege and Storm, with a planned release date of June 2013, while an as-yet-untitled third installment is due out in summer 2014.

Check out the book trailer for Shadow and Bone:

(Source: EW.com)