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According to Deadline, Universal Pictures paid seven figures for the rights, with Joe Roth (Oz the Great and Powerful) set to produce. The School for Good and Evil is the first in a planned trilogy set in a fairy tale-inspired world.
The novel debuted at No. 7 on The New York Times bestsellers list, so it makes sense that it’s a hot commodity in Hollywood. The book trailer teases an intriguing world of literal good versus evil, and it does seem like it would translate well to the big screen. No screenwriter, director or cast is attached to The School for Good and Evil, and no prospective release date has been revealed.
Here’s the book’s synopsis, courtesy of Amazon:
At the School for Good and Evil, failing your fairy tale is not an option.
Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.
The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.
But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are . . . ?
The School for Good and Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.