Continuing this growing trend of “book gets a movie deal before hitting the shelves,” Variety reports that Paramount and Fake Empire are snatching up the rights to Madman’s Daughter, a gothic thriller from Megan Shepherd that’s expected to kick off a trilogy when published in January. (As in, January of 2013; this one’s still a little while off.) Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa — writer of MGM’s pending Carrie remake — will be adapting for the screen.

This is how GoodReads describes the plot:

“London, 1894. Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns her father is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations were true.

Juliet is accompanied by the doctor’s handsome young assistant and an enigmatic castaway, who both attract Juliet for very different reasons. They travel to the island only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: he has created animals that have been vivisected to resemble, speak, and behave as humans. Worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape the island, even though her horror is mixed with her own scientific curiosity. As the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.”

There’s an undeniable air of English horror running through that entire summary — the setting doesn’t hurt, obviously — and I kind of like the kookier territory we’ll be venturing down as the story progresses. Maybe we need more half-animal, half-human monsters in the theaters today.

Variety has another acquisition item for us today, this one being on the scripting level. As they say, Inferno Entertainment have bought The Museum of Broken Relationships, a Black List script from Natalie Krinsky (Gossip Girl) that centers on Lucy, “a 28-year-old junior curator at Gotham’s Metropolitan Museum of Art whose boss breaks up with her, prompting her to begin a collection of ‘break-up items’ and to start a blog, which quickly goes viral.” Not to be too snarky this early out, but paging Kate Hudson.

Do you like the cut of Madman’s jib? Do you see something special in Broken Relationships?

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