Now that she's made bank in the book AND film world via the success of her Twilight franchise, Stephenie Meyer is apparently putting down the pen to focus on the latter!
Through her Fickle Fish production company, the author has acquired the film rights to the Lois Duncan novel Down a Dark Hall, which told the story of a young girl who enrolls in a mysterious boarding school!
She says in a statement:
Just wanting to comment on the story Variety ran today. We weren’t going to announce this until more of the project had come together, but here goes! My production company, Fickle Fish, acquired the option to Lois Duncan’s novel Down a Dark Hall a while back. We’re developing this project with our good pals at Temple Hill Entertainment, who we are so excited to be working with again. Not too much information to share as yet, but even in this early stage, it is still very exciting. I grew up reading and loving Lois Duncan novels, and I can’t believe my good luck that I get to be involved with this project. Down a Dark Hall was my favorite of her novels (though it’s a very close race with Summer of Fear and Stranger with My Face) and it gave me some serious nightmares when I was nine. I will have more information on my Fickle Fish site for those interested when there is more to share. These things are very slow moving, though, so it will probably be a while.
In the meantime, shooting on The Host is going awesomely–and quickly. I can’t believe we’re almost done. Things are looking fairly extraordinary and I cannot wait to see what Andrew Niccol will do with all this amazing footage. However, I am not ready to be done because I am not ready to give up Saoirse, who I would happily adopt by force if I didn’t like her parents so much, and if she wasn’t legally an adult. (By the way, for those who have asked about pronunciation, Saoirse rhymes with “inertia.”)
Ha! We would have just said 'Seer-sha' but that works too!
But inneresting to see a young adult author, clearly influenced by one with whom she grew up, now getting the opportunity to put her own spin on an old favorite!
We'll be very curious to see what kind of a role she plays in the rest of the process!
Either way, we predict it's going to be
a cashcow HUGE!