Universal Sets Gennifer Hutchison to Adapt "The Red Queen”

by ScreenCraft Staff on December 12, 2013

Universal Pictures has hired Breaking Bad writer Gennifer Hutchison to adapt the teen fantasy novel The Red Queen.

Last week, Deadline reported that "HarperCollins will publish the book in winter 2015 as one of its top titles through its HarperTeen imprint. HarperCollins confirmed to Deadline that it expects a major marketing push in conjunction with the launch, which will segue well with Uni’s own marketing efforts in this young female-driven film."

This news for Hutchison comes right after she was nominated for a Writer's Guild of America award for the “Confessions” episode of Breaking Bad. In addition, she was nominated as one of seven writers for Breaking Bad in the Drama Series category.

The Red Queen was written by Victoria Aveyard and is scheduled to be published in January of 2015. It will be the first of three books in a deal Aveyard signed with HarperCollins.

The novel tells the story of a 17-year-old who must save her family by pretending to be a long-lost princess. In an article published by, Aveyard described the story. "It’s a young adult book that takes place in a fantasy world where there are two types of people," she said. "There are regular humans with red blood and super-humans with silver blood who oppress the red bloods. The main character is a 17-year-old girl with red blood, but she finds out she has superpowers. To save her family she pretends to be a long lost princess, and tries to aid a revolution to help her people. She also gets into a love triangle."

Aveyard graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied screenwriting.

Hutchison was listed in Variety’s 10 TV Writers to Watch list for 2013. She has writing credits on multiple episodes of Breaking Bad, as well as the video game The X Files: Resist or Serve.

"Emphasis on character is where your story comes from," she said to Variety. "It's all about how people react to the things around them -- whether it be a cancer diagnosis or a horrible outbreak of crazy vampires."

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