Since the days of Harry Potter and Twilight, adapting young adult fantasy novels has become one of Hollywood’s most reliable consistencies. The next one that is poised to take the stage is Marie Lu’s THE YOUNG ELITES. Its rights were acquired by Fox and Temple Hill Entertainment in 2015, and writer Jessica Sharzer has been tapped to pen the screenplay.
The series so far has two novels, Young Elites and The Rose Society, with the third, The Midnight Star, set to be published this fall. It tells the story of Adelina Amouteru, who survives the blood fever, which changes her appearance and gives her strange, dark powers and turns her into a Young Elite. After escaping (and killing) her abusive father, she finds herself in the middle of a battle brewing between The Inquisition Axis, who seeks to kill the Young Elites, and The Dagger Society, a group of Young Elites fighting against the Axis.
Temple Hill is producing the film under 20th Century Fox, with Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill serving as producers. Daria Cercek and Jon Wu are overseeing the project for Fox. The Young Elites is being pitched as the start to a potential new franchise.
Sharzer most recently wrote the script for the Dave Franco and Emma Roberts teen thriller Nerve. Previously, she wrote several episodes of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story in the second, third, and fourth seasons. She is also writing the upcoming Dirty Dancing TV movie for ABC.
She is repped by CAA.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor