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Not related to Shiver, but still exciting news!

New Line has acquired the movie rights to The Raven Boys, the latest young-adult novel from The Scorpio Races author Maggie Stiefvater.

Akiva Goldsman is attached to produce via his Weed Road banner under its new partnership with Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell and the duo's Safehouse Pictures.

Scholastic is positioning the novel as one of the fall's breakout YA titles.

The novel is the first of a four-book series and hits shelves next week. It centers on Blue, a 16-year-old from a family of psychics who has been told she will cause her true love to die. Avoiding boys was pretty easy when she was younger but harder now that she is beginning to find herself attracted to them, especially the rich prep school-going circle of teens known as the Raven Boys.

One of the boys is seeking the burial place of a Welsh noble who is said to be in deep slumber and whoever awakens him will be granted a favor. Blue and the boys’ destinies intertwine, love triangles pop up, and paranormal activity ensues.

No writer is attached.

The pickup puts New Line in the YA game, which at this stage has proved to be a financial boon for Summit (with The Twilight Saga) and Lionsgate (with The Hunger Games). And it comes with the notable author Stiefvater, a big name in that world who also is known for her romantic werewolf sage Shiver. With Shiver and Scorpio, the author has more than 2 million copies in print.

New Line’s Andrea Johnston and Dave Neustadter are overseeing.

Goldsman, who is known for his writing as well as producing, is in preproduction on Lone Survivor, the Pete Berg passion project centering on a true-life incident during the Afghanistan war that is due to start shooting in October.

Stiefvater is repped by WME and Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary.

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An adaptation of the young adult fantasy novel by Maggie Stiefvater will be produced by KatzSmith.

The hunt for the next Twilight or Hunger Games continues.

Warner Bros has picked up the movie rights to The Scorpio Races, a young adult fantasy novel by Maggie Stiefvater for David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith’s KatzSmith Productions to produce.

The book, released last week, involves mythological flesh-eating
horses from Celtic lore, a scraggy island that hosts an annual race, a
young horse trainer and a young woman (the first female to enter the
competition) who eventually fall for each other. 

Stiefvater is the author of the best-selling Shiver trilogy,
which are young adult novels revolving around werewolves and first
love. The trilogy has more than 1.6 million copies in print in the US.

KatzSmith’s deal is relatively new at Warners but it’s been quite active. Last month it set up the Jonathan Stokes spec Murders and Acquisitions, a Wall Street action comedy, and earlier in October picked up the rights to Alive in Necropolis, a detective story in the real-life cemetery-filled town of Colma, Calif. It's also developing a sequel to Beetlejuice.

Sarah Schechter is overseeing for the studio while Jay Ireland brought the book into KatzSmith and will shepherd for the shingle.

WME repped the author (in conjunction with Laura Rennert) and the producers in the deal.

07 October 2011 @ 10:44 am
Author Maggie Stiefvater has her second big release of the year) with The Scorpio Races, which hits bookstore shelves later this month (and follows Forever, which came out in July). Stiefvater spoke with Bookshelf in a brief window between traveling on book tours (she just got back from Europe and returns next month) and finishing her next manuscript, which is due to her editor before she departs again....

Your output is becoming prolific. Do you feel like you’re on deadline all the time?
I do. In fact, what I feel is like I’m back in college with something due that has a non-negotiable deadline all the time.

Where did the idea for this new novel about "killer horses" come from?
The inspiration was a many-tangled beast. but the clearest source was a story I wrote for Merry Sisters of Fate, the monthly short story blog I write with my two critique partners, Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff, which offers free fiction every week. I had always been extremely passionate about wanting to write a water horse story, and The Scorpio Races had its first iteration in a short story that appeared there. I literally stole lines from it for the book.

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