Derek Kolstad of ‘John Wick’ fame has been tapped by Sony and producer Neal Moritz to bring us a cinematic adaptation of ‘A Darker Shade Of Magic’! The hit 2015 fantasy novel was written by V.E. Schwab and had the rights picked up a year later by Moritz’s Original Film and Gerard Butler and Alan Siegel’s G-Base productions.
3 years later and we’re finally seeing the film moving closer to production.
Set to produce are G-Base’s Butler, Siegel, and Danielle Robinson, as well as Original Film’s Moritz and Toby Ascher. On Sony’s end, we’ll see Ange Giannetti and Maia Eyre overseeing the movie.
For those unfamiliar with the novel, it takes place simultaneously across four parallel versions of London. Each of these are drastically different with a Grey London, where people have been told that magic is a myth; Red London, where magic is embraced and thrives; White London, where magic is used by the rulers against its people; and Black London, where magic has overpowered the people and corrupted the world beyond repair.
The novel follows Kell, who is “one of the last Antari,” which are the rare magicians who are able to travel between these Londons. Raised in Red London, he travels between the realms of Red, White, and Grey as both an ambassador and a smuggler. Only, things start to fall apart when he comes across a young woman named Delilah Bard that throws his life into chaos.
This is Schwab’s second series currently being turned into a film as the rights to ‘Vicious,’ which is the first novel from the “Villains” series, is over at Story Mining with Scott Free producing.
Are you looking forward to seeing ‘A Darker Shade Of Magic’ head to the big screen? Do you feel that the plot of the story can properly be told in a film, or would you have preferred this ending up as an ongoing series? If you’ve read the novel, do you have any actors in mind who would be perfect for playing the part of Kell? Share your thoughts in the comments below!