In another optioning coup for a yet-to-be-published novel, Libba Bray's upcoming "The Diviners" has been purchased by Paramount on behalf of Fake Empire, otherwise known as the producing team of Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (the duo behind The CW's "Gossip Girl"), per Deadline.
Set in the roaring '20s, "The Diviners" follows teen Evie O'Neill, who's shipped off to New York City to live with her uncle following some dramz in her Ohio hometown. But what few know is that Evie's hiding a secret supernatural gift—one that will ensnare her in the age-old battle of good versus evil. With its mix of glitz, glamour and occult intrigue, "The Diviners" is a bit like "The Great Gatsby" meets "X-Men" with a side of Sherlock Holmes.
The novel doesn't hit bookstore shelves until September 18, but I was lucky enough to get my hot little hands on a copy at Libba's recent speakeasy-themed book party in downtown Manhattan. I'm about a third of the way through, and one of the first things I noted while reading was how very cinematic the prose is—this is certainly one novel deserving of the big-screen treatment.
How quickly the adaption will end up in theaters is another matter, seeing as Josh and Stephanie have quite a full slate. The two are working on a slew of films including "Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick," "Let It Snow," "The Luxe" and "The Likeness," as well as upcoming T.V. series "The Carrie Diaries" and "Cult."
Are you a Libba Bray fan? Are you excited about the prospects of one of her books becoming a movie? Do you plan to pick up a copy of "The Diviners" once its released? Sound off in the comments and on Twitter!