David Auburn to Write 'Discovery of Witches' for Warner Bros.
Playwright David Auburn has been tapped to pen A Discovery of Witches, Warner Bros.’s adaptation of the supernatural fantasy novel by history professor Deborah Harkness.
Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan are producing.
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Published by Viking Adult in February 2011, the book centered on a scholarly woman who is a direct descendant of the first woman executed at the Salem Witch Trials that accidentally discovers a long-lost manuscript that may contain the secret of immortality. She is thrust into a position where she and a 1,500 year old vampire must stop an inter-species war between witches and vampires.
Warners picked up the book, part of a planned trilogy, last July as it tries to find movies to partly fill in the fantasy terrain left vacant by its Harry Potter franchise.
Auburn's play Proof won a Pulitzer and Tony and his first original follow-up play is The Columnist, which opens this April with John Lithgow in the lead and direction by Dan Sullivan.
Screenwise, the writer, who wrote the Sandra Bullock-Keanu Reeves romancer The Lake House for Warners, most recently worked on The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein for Ghost House. The project is currently on the hunt for a director.
Auburn is repped by CAA, Code Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein
by Brian Davids