Around five years ago our own “Belle from Hell,” Elaine Lamkin, rewarded Rick Yancey’s The Monstrumologist (review) with a five-knife rating, and apparently Warner Bros. agrees with her because they’ve just picked up the rights to Yancey’s entire four-book series.
Per Variety, the adaptation has been set up with Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith Vein and State Street’s Bob Teitel. Exec producers are Eric Robinson at Gotham Group and George Tillman, Jr., at State Street.
The studio has hired Jessica Postigo (Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones) to adapt the script while newly hired senior VP Drew Crevello and creative exec Jon Gonda are overseeing for the studio.
The Monstrumologist launched in 2009, followed by The Curse of the Wendigo (2010), The Isle of Blood (2011), and The Final Descent (2013), all from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for nearly ninety years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me… and the one who cursed me.
So starts the diary of Will Henry, orphan and assistant to a doctor with a most unusual specialty: monster hunting. In the short time he has lived with the doctor, Will has grown accustomed to his late night callers and dangerous business. But when one visitor comes with the body of a young girl and the monster that was eating her, Will’s world is about to change forever.
The doctor has discovered a baby Anthropophagus–a headless monster that feeds through a mouth in its chest–and it signals a growing number of Anthropophagi. Now, Will and the doctor must face the horror threatenning to overtake and consume our world before it is too late.
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