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Constantin Nabs Film Rights to Unreleased YA Series From Authors Behind ‘Spiderwick Chronicles’ and ‘Mortal Instruments’

Posted by , on April 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm 

Teenage wizards, werewolves and vampires have dominated the box office over the past decade, and if the newest deal from Constantin Film is any indication, the market for supernatural YA shows no signs of drying up.

As reported by THR, the studio already bought the film rights to a new series from Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, the powerhouse authors behind The Spiderwick Chronicles and Mortal Instruments. Titled The Iron Trial, the first book in the series introduces 12-year-old Callum Hunt, a boy who has “grown up knowing three rules by heart: Never trust a magician, never pass a test a magician gives you, and never let a magician take you to the Magisterium.” The series follows Callum as he breaks all the rules and, as a result, sees his life “change in ways he can’t possibly imagine.”

It was also announced that Clare and Black will pen the screenplay and serve as executive producers. Robert Kulzer will also produce. The deal isn’t the first time the two authors have seen their work adapted for the big screen. Black’s Spiderwick Chronicles was turned into a film in 2008, and Constantin is also adapting Clare’s Mortal Instruments with Lily Collins in the lead role. That film is set to release in August 2013.

 Knowing these few details, what do you think of this new series? Do you think the world has had its fill of boy magicians?


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