Authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s novel “Beautiful Creatures”, the first in an expected five-part series, lands in bookstores today, but Warner Bros. has already beaten you to the punch and will be turning the first book into a movie to be written and directed by Richard LaGravanese. So what’s this “next Harry Potter” franchise about? Well, for one it’s got teenagers, it’s got burgeoning young love, and it’s got witches and supernatural happenings. Basically, Harry Potter with a Southern accent.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
LaGravanese is something of a “chick flick writer”, having written everything from “The Bridges of Madison County” to “P.S. I Love You” to “Freedom Writers”. Erwin Stoff will produce the adaptation for Warner Bros., who is about to lose the Harry Potter cash cow as soon as the franchise wraps with the two-parter “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” in 2011.