Yesterday, I shared that Andrew Henry's Meadow has been turned into a screenplay by none other than Zach Braff. Today, I learned that The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater - and it JUST came out - has already been optioned by Warner Brothers. Oh my!
I grew up reading all of Walter Farley's wonderful horse books. - Well, I thought they were wonderful. I have revisited The Black Stallion since then and it is still wonderful. Some of the later titles turned into formula books - scrappy jockey and/or trainer takes underrated loser horse and turns her or him into a WINNER!!! YAY!!
Reading The Scorpio Races brought all that excitement back. HOWEVER, the Scorpio Races don't end in just a win or losses. They always end in death for one or more jockeys. And their mounts are the predators! So take Farley and add Bram Stoker and throw in a signature Stiefvater strong female character, some struggling siblings and a lad enslaved to his magical mount and its owner and you have...breathlessness. Intense page-turning breathlessness.
The Lorax is being turned into a new animated feature - very colorful and 3-D-ish - due out in March, 2012. What would Hollywood do without books?