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Adaptation Watch: UPROOTED by Naomi Novik Coming to Film and The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that Naomi Novik’s recent fantasy novel, Uprooted, is being adapted to film, to be produced by Warner Bros and A Very Good Production, a production company run by Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman.

Uprooted (released just last month) is a fantasy story grounded in folk-lore and fairy tales. It’s about a young woman named Agnieszka who lives near the evil woods and is protected only by a wizard known as the Dragon. Every ten years, The Dragon demands as payment a young woman to serve him for 10 years. That selection time is fast approaching and Agnieszka has a lot to worry about.

Here’s the official book description:

Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

This is not the first promise of a Naomi Novik adaptation. In 2006, Peter Jackson optioned her popular Temeraire series.

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.
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