If you have an idea for a series of books with a supernatural or science fiction theme that might appeal to readers that fall under the category of “young adult” now’s the time to get published. Laying aside Ruth Graham’s recent Slate piece that says that adult adults should be ashamed to be caught reading YA fiction such as The Hunger Games, Twilight and The Fault in Our Stars, the box office for the film adaptation of Fault proves again that there’s big money, and big crossover appeal, in the young adult side of the book store. So Warner Bros went shopping recently, and they seem to have picked up a new franchise, The Monstrumologist.
According to Variety, the four book series by author Rick Yancy (the Alfred Kropp and the Highly Effective Detective series of books) has been optioned by Warner Bros., Jessica Postigo who wrote the screenplay for another YA adaptation, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, has already been hired to write the script.
But what is The Monstrumologist about? It does sound intriguing. This is the book description from Amazon:
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.
The Monstrumologist is the first stunning gothic adventure in a series that combines the spirit of HP Lovecraft with the storytelling ability of Rick Riorden.
…With maybe a bit of Charles Dickens thrown in? It definitely sounds like it’s got a Harry Potter kind of vibe, and its setting in 1888 London, the year Jack the Ripper was active in White Chapel, is fairly unique for YA and fraught with possibility. If they find the right director for this film, it might be something rather engaging.
Obviously, this project has just begun so there’s no release date scheduled yet, but with four books and four potential movies, this could be the new franchise player that Warner Bros. both wants and needs. We’ll have more news as it develops.
Source: Geek Tyrant