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Another week, another young adult novel written specifically for girls gets optioned by a major studio with hopes of turning it into the latest “Twilight” franchise. But instead of vampires, or werewolves, or magicians/witches, this time around the studio is hoping teenage girls everywhere while squeal with delight for more heavenly bodies with, no doubt, glistening abs and perfect hair. Yes, that’s right, we’re talking about angels. But not just any angels, either, these are the fallen types. Cause, you know, that makes them twice as bad boy-ish, and thusly, cooler. Rebels without wings, if you will.
The title in question is a a four-book series called “Fallen” from author Lauren Kate, that follows “an alienated girl torn between two charismatic young men, unaware that they are fallen angels who have battled over her for centuries.” Really, that’s the premise of the book. Sounds like the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries”, minus, you know, the vampires. Maybe they should call it “The Angel Diaries”? Girls love movies with the word “diary” in it, I’m told. It reminds them of their own, um, diaries. Or not.
Disney plucked down the money for the series, published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Oren Aviv and Todd Murata will produce the supernatural thriller for Disney, while Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray will do the deed for Mayhem Productions.