Adaptation of Marie Lu's 'Legend' Finds New Home (Exclusive)

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The project, previously set up at CBS Films, has been acquired by BCDF Pictures.

It's been a long road for the film adaptation of Marie Lu's dystopian YA novel Legend — but the project had found a new home.

BCDF Pictures has acquired the film and TV rights to the sci-fi book franchise and set Joseph Muszynski to write a new script based on the first novel.

Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra, and Brian Keady of BCDF Pictures are producers, along with Irfaan Fredericks of Kalahari Film & Media. Lu, Muszynski, Glenn W. Garland, and Kalahari's Michael S. Murphey are executive producers.

The book was first acquired in 2011 by CBS Films, with Jonathan Levine tapped to direct. It was considered a hot property, with all three books in the series becoming New York Times best-sellers with more than 3 million copies sold.

Lu's novel is set in a futuristic North America that has been split into two warring nations. A military prodigy is hired to track down a Robin Hood-type figure accused of murdering her brother. The two are soon forced to work together when they come upon an impossible truth.

BCDF is best known for the female comedy hit Bachelorette and the comedy-drama Liberal Arts. Other book-to-film adaptations it has in the works include Can You Keep a Secret?, which stars Alexandra Daddario and has sold over 4 million copies, and The Language of Flowers, which spent 69 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.

"The script that BCDF has put together looks fantastic and stays so true to the story and characters," said Lu. "I'm incredibly excited about working with this amazing team and bringing Legend to life."

Lu is repped by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency and Kassie Evashevski at Anonymous. BCDF is repped by Sheri Jeffrey at Hogan Lovells.