As we told you exactly a week ago, Roth Films teamed up with Jane Startz Productions to acquire film rights to Soman Chainani’s fantasy novel The School for Good and Evil, and now they have a studio involved.
Per Deadline, following a spirited auction, Universal Pictures won the property in a seven-figure deal for book and scriptwriting fees. It’s an easy fit for Roth and his top exec Palak Patel, both of whom will produce with Jane Startz. Roth and Patel produced Snow White and The Huntsman at Universal, and have a sequel in the works. They are also working with the studio on Daughter of Smoke & Bone, an adaptation of Laini Taylor’s novel that also has franchise potential.
Chainani and Hook scribe Malia Scotch Marmo are attached to write the screenplay. Coincidentally, Scotch Marmo was one of Chainani’s professors when she was in college.
The School for Good and Evil is the first part in a planned trilogy that follows children plucked from their homes and sent to a school where they will be trained to become fairy tale heroes and villains, princesses, and witches. The School for Good and Evil focuses on a young beauty named Sophie, who is placed in the School for Evil, while her best friend, the homely Agatha, is sent to the School for Good. They find their fortunes reversed and are forced to confront their true, albeit unexpected, destinies.
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