Universal Pictures has chosen a director for the studio’s adaptation of the Laini Taylor YA fantasy novel Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Heat Vision reports that commercials director Michael Gracey will take the helm of the project, which revolves around a 17-year-old art student whose father sends her all over the world collecting human teeth for a mysterious purpose. The young woman soon realizes that she’s part of an ancient struggle between angels and demons, and finds herself in a love affair with a warrior angel. Stuart Beattie (Collateral) initially penned the screenplay with subsequent rewrites by Taylor, and Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman) will produce.Here’s the synopsis for Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone:
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
I found the book to be totally bizarre, in all the best ways. I don't even know what genre it is. (action/adventure? paranormal? fantasy? romance?) I can appreciate the imagination and creativity behind this kind of story, but I found the romance to be a bit MUCH. There were many innovative things going on in the first half of the story, but the second half got completely bogged down with all the swooning going on. I fear that a film would amplify the angst, instead of enhancing the already well-imagined world that Karou and her conflict-filled comrades inhabit. We'll have to see about this one. (Note: I have not read, nor do I have any immediate plans to read book 2 or book 3 [to be released 4.8.14] of this trilogy, but I hear it gets better. Not sure how much better, but maybe there's hope.)