〉 Deborah Forte, the producer of Goosebumps and The Golden Compass, is developing the best-selling YA series as part of her first look deal with Universal.
Silvertongue Films is eyeing a big screen adaptation of Scholastic’s best-selling SPIRIT ANIMALS with Universal, where the company has a first look deal. The multi-platform YA fantasy-adventure series centers on four young heroes who have each summoned a beast of legend – a spirit animal. As an ancient threat begins rising once again, they must band together on a quest to find legendary talismans before they fall into enemy hands.
Spirit Animals invites readers into the world of Erdas, where every child who comes of age must discover if they have a spirit animal, a rare bond between human and beast that bestows great powers to both. Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan – with their respective spirit animals: a wolf, a leopard, a panda, and a falcon – summon the “Four Fallen,” great beasts that gave their lives long ago to defeat the Devourer. Now the Devourer is back, and the young heroes must use their animal powers to protect Erdas and defeat the Devourer.
Author Brandon Mull penned the first installment of the multi-platform franchise, which also includes an online role-playing game that allows fans to create their own hero, summon a spirit animal, and go on quests across Erdas to free innocent animals for a madness-inducing substance called “Bile.” Along the way, they train with their spirit animal, collect weapons and armor, and seek legendary talismans along with characters from the books.
In addition to the online game, the seven-book series has spawned a spinoff series, Spirit Animals: The Fall Of The Beasts. The fourth Fall Of The Beasts novel is due out in September 2016.
Forte’s Silvertongue Films was specifically formed to adapt Scholastic’s vast library of titles under a three-year first look deal with Universal. As President of Scholastic Media and EVP of Scholastic Inc, Forte had a hand in some of the most enduring children’s media franchises, such as Animorphs, Goosebumps, The Magic School Bus, Clifford The Big Red Dog, and I Spy. Her film credits include The Golden Compass, Tuck Everlasting, and last year’s well-received Goosebumps feature starring Jack Black. Silvertongue is now developing the beloved Animorphs book series as well as Clifford The Big Red Dog as features, both at Universal.
Katia Juanita | Staff Writer