Having swooped in to snag the rights to an unreleased children’s book last year – Jessica Townsend‘s Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, set to hit shelves on Tuesday, October 31 – Twentieth Century Fox have now lined up a writer for the adaptation. Drew Goddard (The Cabin In The Woods, The Martian) will pen the script for the film and also produce.
The book follows Morrigan Crow, who was unfortunate enough to be born on an unlucky day and is constantly blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks. This curse also means that she is doomed to die on her eleventh birthday.
However, Crow is found by Jupiter North, a man who takes her to a magical city named Nevermoor, where she can potentially escape her fate, but only if she can beat out hundreds of other children in a set of dangerous trials and join an organisation named the Wundrous Society.
Goddard excelled in the meta, genre-bending Cabin In The Woods, so he knows his way around genre and should be a good choice to adapt a fantasy book that sounds like it has all the elements needed to be a hit.
Goddard is also writing and directing Bad Times At The El Royale, which stars Jeff Bridges and Chris Hemsworth, and doing the same with X-Force, an X-Men spinoff set to revolve around Deadpool and Cable leading a team of ruthless mutant warriors set to battle against their X-Men counterparts. A lot of upcoming work for a talented writer/director.