While the books and author have been marred in controversy this series has been overwhelmingly successful, enough that an A Deadly Education adaptation is a no-brainer.
YA Fantasy is still holding strong and a school trying to kill it’s students in order to teach them is exactly the kind of story ready to be brought to life on screen.
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This page was updated: 8/9/23
About The Book:
Lesson One of the Scholomance: Learning has never been this deadly.
A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets.
There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere.
El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students.
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Current Production Status:
The project is still in development but has a director and screenwriters as of Fall 2022.
A Deadly Education Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first released in September 2020, with sequels following the next two years.
Prior to the first book’s release, in May 2020, Universal Pictures picked up the rights for a planned feature film adaptation.
In November 2022 it was announced that Meera Menon (Ms. Marvel) would be directing the movie, with Emily Carmichael (Jurassic World Dominion) and Shantha Susman writing the screenplay.
Who Owns The Rights:
Universal Pictures acquired the rights to the book and are leading production on the film.
Who Is Attached:
Meera Menon (Ms. Marvel) is set to direct the film.
As of Summer 2023 there have been no casting announcements yet.
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With the project still in the very early stages of development there are currently no known filming locations yet.
There is currently no estimated release timeframe made public as of Summer 2023 for when this movie will come to our screens.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
Book #2 in the series, ‘The Last Graduate’ was featured in the September 2021 Most Anticipated New Book Releases!
Book #3 in the series, ‘The Golden Enclaves’ was featured in the September 2022 Most Anticipated New Book Releases!
Other Adaptations From This Author:
The ‘Temeraire’ series was optioned by Peter Jackson in 2006 but the project fell through and the rights reverted back to Novik.
‘Uprooted’ had it’s film rights purchased by Warner Bros. shortly after the books release but there have been no updates since.
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A Deadly Education Adaptation: Everything We Know So Far
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