It was about a year ago when we got word that Universal had acquired the screen rights to Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone, and now finally the studio is preparing to move ahead with it after landing a producer for the film.
Per Deadline, Joe Roth, who produced Snow White and the Huntsman for Universal and is working on the sequel, will produce the film adaptation of Daughter of Smoke & Bone, the young-adult fantasy novel by National Book Award Finalist Taylor. Roth Film President Palak Patel will executive produce.
The protagonist is a 17-year-old art student who is sent by her awful father on travels across the globe to collect teeth for an unspecified but creepy purpose. This leads her to an encounter with an angel and revelations about her family that lead her into adventures involving otherworldly beings.
The book was published in the U.S. in September 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The second installment, Days of Blood & Starlight, was published last month.
“In Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Laini Taylor masterfully tells a story of identity and destiny that welcomes readers into a fantastical world with a unique mythology,” said Roth. “It is very different than anything we’ve seen before, and I look forward to bringing the fascinating characters to the big screen.”
Said the author: “I am a huge fan of his big, gorgeous fantasy epics with powerful female characters. I can’t wait to see how he’ll bring my world to life on film. He’s the dream producer for this property, and I couldn’t be happier.”
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