Warners howling over novel 'Benighted'

Warner Bros. and Graham King’s Initial Entertainment Group have acquired the Kit Whitfield werewolf novel “Benighted.” King will produce the bigscreen adaptation with Andrew Adamson, who’ll develop it as a potential directing vehicle.

Adamson sparked to a book with core themes of racism and alienation wrapped in a drama with vast visual effects possibilities. Originally published in the U.K. under the title “Bareback,” “Benighted” is an alternate reality story in which 90% of the population is werewolf. Everyone else must keep the peace during the full moon. Random House, which published in the U.K., will also publish the book in the U.S.

“Andrew has the vision to turn this into an amazing film,” King said. “His expertise will elevate this mystical world of werewolves and humans.”

After starting with the “Shrek” franchise, Adamson moved to live action with “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and is prepping the sequel “Prince Caspian” for Walden Media and Disney.

King just completed Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed,” which Warner releases in October, and he’s a producer on Ed Zwick-directed drama “Blood Diamond,” which WB bows in December.

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