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.

Lena Duchannes, Melanie Stryder, & June Make the List of The 13 Heroines Who’ll Make 2013 Kick Ass

It’s not like we don’t know this already, but since it’s being posted from VH1, maybe more people will take notice.  I’m pretty happy with who they’ve picked, but I think there’s at least one more that easily should’ve made the list.  But hey, I could make my own list I suppose.  Anyway, here’s what VH1 had to say about Lena Duchannes, Melanie Stryder/Wanderer, and June Iparis, as well as the other girls on the list:

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Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) from ‘Beautiful Creatures’

It’s going to be a great year for heroines in movies, on TV and in books — but not necessarily the easy-to-love/worship kind. Jennifer Lawrence‘s Katniss Everdeen (this year in Catching Fire), The Americans‘ Elizabeth (Keri Russell), Beautiful CreaturesLena [Duchannes] (Alice Englert) and The Great Gatsby’s Daisy (Carey Mulligan) are complex women and girls who don’t automatically know what’s right, and sometimes they have to choose saving themselves over saving the world.

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Shadow and Bone features Alina Starkov

The Mortal Instruments‘ Clary Fray (Lily Collins), Shadow and Bone’s Alina, Delirium’s Lena [Haloway] and Warm Bodies‘ Julie (Teresa Palmer) have a little self-discovery to do before they become full-fledged heroines.

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June Iparis from Legend – art by author Marie Lu

The Legend Trilogy’s June and The Host’s Wanderer/Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) have to navigate between worlds to figure out whom to fight for. And Oz‘s Glinda (Michelle Williams) and Ender’s Game’s Petra [Arkanian] (Hailee Steinfeld) are ladies whose strength is obvious, but whose roles in the bigger picture remains to be seen. As for Chloe Moretz’s Hit Girl, who returns in this summer’s Kick-Ass 2 — she’s always going to be in a category all her own.

Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder

Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder

2013 will certainly be a big deal for female protagonists.  And I’d also like to add in Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices trilogy.  Sure, she’s not the kick-ass in the general sense, but she definitely has some turmoil ahead of her, both in finding out what she is and in love.  Not easy.  

via VH1 Celebrity.