“Nutcracker” Writer Ashleigh Powell Adapting Melissa Albert’s “The Hazel Wood” for Columbia


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is moving forward on an adaptation of Melissa Albert’s YA fantasy novel with the , following her stint Disney’s upcoming The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, the Tracking Board confirms.

The film will be produced by Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher (Divergent) through the Red Wagon banner with Red Wagon’s VP Lucas Wiesendanger overseeing.

Published by Flatiron Books in the U.S., Albert’s novel has been a  Times Young Adult bestseller for seven weeks, following teenager Alice, who is troubled by bad luck while living on the road with her mother. Her mother won’t let Alice meet her grandmother, who has written a book of dark fairy tales called Tales from the Hinterland, but when Alice’s mother is kidnapped, the teen discovers there’s more truth to her grandmother’s fairy tales.

Sony Pictures bought the rights to the book when it was presented at the Frankfurt Fair with of Production Lauren Abrahams overseeing for the .

Represented by the , Good Fear and , Powell’s first produced screenplay was for Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which will be released by Walt Disney Pictures on Nov. 2. She has since written a number of screenplays in various stages of , including adapting Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician also for Disney, the thriller spec Egg, and Somacell, a high-tech prison movie for Warner Bros, that will be directed by Ariel Vromen (The Iceman). 

Powell’s attachment was first reported by the Wrap.

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