2:43pm PT by Borys Kit
Drew Goddard Tackling Children's Fantasy 'Nevermoor' (Exclusive)
Drew Goddard, the Oscar-nominated scribe behind The Martian, is tackling the big-screen adaptation of Nevermoor, a kids' fantasy book that launches on Halloween.
Goddard is attached to pen the script and will produce for Twentieth Century Fox, which pre-emptively picked up the rights last year. The book, with the full title Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, hits shelves Oct. 31 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Translation rights have already sold in 27 countries.
Written by Jessica Townsend, the story centers on Morrigan Crow, a girl born on an unlucky day who is blamed for all local misfortune, from hailstorms to hear attacks. It also means that she is doomed to died on her 11th birthday. Luckily (or unluckily) for her, Crow is found by a man named Jupiter North, who jets her off to a magical city named Nevermoor, where she can escape her fate — but only if she can beat out hundreds of other children in a set of dangerous trials and join an organization named the Wundrous Society.
Daria Cercek is overseeing the project for Fox.
Goddard is a Fox favorite and is currently in preproduction on the period crime thriller Bad Times at the El Royale, which he wrote and will direct for the studio. Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges are starring in the pic.
Goddard, who was also a creative force behind Netflix’s Daredevil show, is also writing Fox’s X-Men spinoff, X-Force.
He is repped by UTA. Townsend is repped by Paradigm.