If you had any questions left about the impact social media has had on publishing, this LightLark adaptation has been the ultimate example. An idea and a viral TikTok led to both a publishing and film deal in less than two years for an up and coming author.
BookTok, Bookstagram, and Booktube have managed to put years old books back on the best seller lists, especially for already established writers, but LightLark showed that it can work for first timers as well. It will be fascinating to see how much success the book and eventually movie have. This could be a test to see how a fully social media backed project fares.
This page was updated: 7/28/22
About The Book:
Every 100 years, the island of Lightlark appears to host the Centennial, a deadly game that only the rulers of six realms are invited to play. The invitation is a summons—a call to embrace victory and ruin, baubles and blood. The Centennial offers the six rulers one final chance to break the curses that have plagued their realms for centuries. Each ruler has something to hide. Each realm’s curse is uniquely wicked. To destroy the curses, one ruler must die.
Isla Crown is the young ruler of Wildling—a realm of temptresses cursed to kill anyone they fall in love with. They are feared and despised, and are counting on Isla to end their suffering by succeeding at the Centennial. To survive, Isla must lie, cheat, and betray…even as love complicates everything.
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Current Production Status:
The rights have been optioned but no further production has happened as of July 2022.
LightLark Adaptation Timeline:
In 2021 the author, Alex Aster, made a TikTok asking if readers would be interested in her book idea. The video went viral and the book was picked up by a publishers. In early 2022 a release date for August was set. At San Diego Comic Con in July it was announced that the film rights had been pre-emptively purchased by Universal.
Who Owns The Rights:
Universal Pictures have the film rights.
Who Is Attached:
There is no one attached to the project yet.
There is no production information yet, so no filming locations.
There is no production information yet, so no release estimation.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
You can find this book in the August 2022 Most Anticipated New Book Releases.
Other Adaptations From This Author:
This will be the first of Alex Aster’s books to make it to the screen.
LightLark Adaptation: Everything We Know So Far
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