Paramount Pictures is in talks with young-adult fiction author Laini Taylor to acquire the rights to Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the first book of a planned trilogy that was released just this past September. Taylor has written a few successful young adult novels before, particularly the Dreamdark series (two so far) and 2009’s Lips Touch: Three Times for which she was a National Book Award finalist.
The deal is only the latest of an ongoing trend which began earlier this year after the release of the final Harry Potter film. With that monster of a moneymaking franchise wrapped up, studios are grasping in all directions for what they believe may be the next young-adult hit with multi-movie deal potential. This has led to a number of authors, both experienced (such as Taylor) and first-timers like Erin Morgenstern, whose acclaimed debut The Night Circus also released this past September and has already received a number of lucrative bids from production studios.
Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone follows naturally blue-haired Karou, a young art student in Prague, as she becomes embroiled in a dark fantasy underworld with ties to her own mysterious and potentially inhuman lineage.