– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Looks like Drew Goddard is venturing away from more adult-centric projectslike The Martian, Cabin in the Woods, and Daredevil to try his hand at adapting a kid’s fantasy book.

According to THR, the filmmaker will be penning a script for a book named Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow. If you haven’t heard of it, there’s a reason. The book itself hasn’t actually hit bookstores, and will be doing so on October 31 of this year, but 20th Century Fox has already picked up the rights (in fact, they did so last year), and have hired Goddard to write and produce the film.

The book comes from debut author Jessica Townsend, and it’s official description is as follows:

“Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.”

It sounds like 20th Century Fox is banking on this being a big book, but even if it isn’t, with the strong premise and Goddard’s involvement, it’s still a rather promising project.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.