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Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the next YA book-to-movie adaptation

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With the success of The Hunger Games movies, it's no wonder that studios are hot to greenlight the next big young adult series. And the newest book to fuel Hollywood's YA fire is Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which just nabbed a director.


The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that director Michael Gracey (who we are not familiar with) will help bring author Laini Taylor's book to the big screen with the help of Pirates of the Caribbean screenwriter Stuart Beattie. The premise is not super simple; the trilogy is centered around a girl with beautiful hair who is sent by her father to travel around the world to collect human teeth, but it's really so much more than that. Here's the official synopsis from Amazon:

Karou is a 17-year-old art student with a most unusual family. From his desk in a dusty, otherworldly shop, her mysterious, monstrous father sends her on errands across the globe, collecting teeth for a shadowy purpose. On one such errand, Karou encounters an angel, and soon the mysteries of her life and her family are unraveled–with consequences both beautiful and dreadful. National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor has created a lushly imaginative, fully realized world in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Taylor's writing is as sumptuous as poetry, and the story overflows with dark and delightful magic, star-crossed love, and difficult choices with heartbreaking repercussions.


Could this be the next Katniss-sized blockbuster project? We're not sure. Those of you who have read the series, what say you?

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Dr. Opossum

There have been a lot of film failures out of YA properties, even fairly successful series like The Mortal Instruments. A movie adaptation from YA doesn't seem to hit it big unless the book series is an all-ages sensation, which only Twilight and the Hunger Games series have been. I doubt this will do any better than Beautiful Creatures did.