News: Ridley Scott's Scott Free Adapting "My Lady Jane"
The Martian director Ridley Scott will produce the feature adaptation of My Lady Jane through his Scott Free Productions banner. Co-authored by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, the book is a one-of-a-kind fantasy that bends historical fact to comedic effect.
Allison Gillogly will oversee for Scott Free. The adaptation is currently being packaged to take out to buyers.
The book and adaptation is being pitch as The Princess Bride meets Enchanted.
The YA story focuses on Lady Jane Grey, who is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne — the least of the sixteen year old’s problems, really, given that she’s about to become Queen of England. The novel is a historical retelling of Lady Jane Grey’s brief stint as Queen of England after Henry VIII’s son Edward VI nominated her as successor over his half-sisters Mary and Elizabeth. The real story didn’t end well for Jane, but the book poses the question: “what if there was more to the story… and what if the royals had the ability to shape-shift into animals?”
The book is set for publication by HarperTeen in June, 2016. Three friends, with thirteen published novels between them, decided to write the project together. Hand is a New York Times best-selling author of the Unearthly trilogy; Ashton is the author of VOYA Perfect 10 novels Everneath and Everbound; Meadows wrote the Incarnate series and The Orphan Queen. Each author was responsible for writing one character’s story, with the book being told from the perspective of three revolving characters, Edward, Jane, and Gifford
Scott Free has been busy over the last couple of years, with multiple development deals spanning many genres. Last year the company produced Child 44, Concussion, and The Martian. They are currently producing the remake of Murder on the Orient Express, Alien: Covenant, and the sequel to Scott’s Blade Runner with Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. They are also producing three projects with screenwriter Brad Ingelsby: A Better Place, The Burning Woman, and Claire.
The books rights market is hot right now. As content outlets continue to multiply, studios and production houses alike are eager to feed those outlets with unique content from fresh and interesting voices.
The book is repped by Michael Bourret of Dystel & Goderich Literary, Katherine Fausset at Curtis Brown Ltd, and Lauren MacLeod of The Strothman Agency, while Holly Frederick at Curtis Brown handled the film rights.
Source: The Tracking Board