Drew Goddard To Pen and Produce 'Nevermoor' Feature

Posted 2017/10/24 0 0

Drew Goddard will adapt the new children’s fantasy book Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow into a feature film for Twentieth Century Fox.


Drew Goddard, the Oscar-nominated scribe behind The Martian, is tackling the big-screen adaptation of Nevermoor, a kids' fantasy book that is due out this Halloween via by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The book was a buzzy title that sold at the Frankfurt Book Fair last year, with the middle-grade tome selling in 27 countries so far.

Here is the Amazon description of the book: “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.”

Drew Goddard does have a number of directing credits to his name, such as Cabin in the Woods, but there is no indication that he will be the director of this new adaptation. There is no news about when the film is expected to hit theaters, but considering the novel is already generating excitement in literary circles and it’s been confirmed that Jessica Townsend has already signed a three book deal (and has mentioned in interviews that she has storylines planned out for at least nine books) it sounds like the franchise is going to be a success. If the series does well with its target audience, it may be the next Hunger Games or Twilight.

Goddard was recently tapped by Fox to write and direct its X-Men spin-off X-Force, which will bring together a new team of mutants under the command of Deadpool and Cable. He also did some writing on Deadpool 2, and his other credits include Daredevil (which he developed for Netflix), directing and co-writing The Cabin in the Woods, and writing movies like The Martian, Cloverfield, and World War Z, along with multiple episodes of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost, and others.

He's currently directing a period crime thriller Bad Times at the El Royale, starring Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges, after which he will presumably begin work on X-Force while handing off the script for Nevermoor to whoever gets picked to direct.