Disney options 'Fallen' books for film

Young-adult novels center on girl torn between fallen angels

Disney has optioned rights to "Fallen," a young-adult novel by Lauren Kate that features angels. Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray will produce the film adaptation through their Mayhem Prods. banner.

The book, released this week by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, is part of a four-tome series, all of which were included in the deal. The contemporary story centers on an alienated girl torn between two charismatic young men, unaware that they are fallen angels who have battled over her for centuries.

The book series was packaged by rightsholders Nadia Cornier, Ted Malawer and Michael Stearns.

"Twilight" comparisons are inevitable, and angels have been identified as the next trend in young-adult fiction with vampire and werewolf tales having inundated the market. "Fallen" and titles like Becca Fitzpatrick's "Hush, Hush," which was moved from a 2010 publication date to this past October, present angels as otherworldly hotties who are immortal and possess bad-boy charm. "Fallen" is the first cherubic title to receive major Hollywood attention.

Oren Aviv and Todd Murata will oversee the supernatural romantic thriller for Disney, and Victor Constantino will shepherd for Mayhem.

Mayhem is in production on Disney's "Secretariat," a Diane Lane-starring movie about the famed racehorse, and has Dwayne Johnson-toplined family comedy "The Tooth Fairy" awaiting a Jan. 22 domestic release by Fox.

"Fallen" was repped by the Gotham Group.