“Daughter of Smoke and Bone” is the first book in Laini Taylor’s trilogy-to-be, centering on a young art student named Karou whose blue hair, mysterious tattoos and fluency in two dozen languages are the least unusual things about her. (Vying for the status of “most unusual”: the fact that her nearest father figure is a tooth-collecting demon with furry lion legs, which may or may not be weirder than the fact that she’s being stalked by an angry angel.) The bestselling novel was snapped up post-haste for movie-making purposes, and producer Joe Roth—who’s already deep in the fantasy pool as producer of “Oz the Great and Powerful”—is heading up the project.
Laini contributed an enthusiastic endorsement of the man who’ll bring her book to life, saying, “I’m thrilled to have Stuart Beattie adapting ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’; it’s been fantastic to delve into the world of the book with a screenwriter of such insight and experience. Between Stuart, Joe Roth, and Universal Pictures, we’ve got a team with massive epic flair, and I can’t wait to see what unfolds as we move toward bringing Karou, Akiva, Brimstone and the world of ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ to the screen.”
Meanwhile, Stuart knows a thing or two about taking a beloved fictional world and writing a movie around it; he previously worked on the G.I. Joe movie. And Stuart, be forewarned: However rabid the G.I. Joe fandom, they can’t even come close to matching the sheer, unadulterated ferocity of the YA literati…so don’t mess it up.
Are you so excited to see Karou and Akiva on the big screen?