Kimberly Peirce to helm ‘Wicked Lovely’

Caroline Thompson to adapt from original novel

Universal has tapped Kimberly Peirce to direct fantasy vehicle “Wicked Lovely,” a Wild West Picture Show Prods. project.

Vince Vaughn, Valeri Vaughn and Peter Billingsley will produce for Wild West. Caroline Thompson is adapting the Melissa Marr novel.

Story centers on a teenager who has seen dangerous faeries her entire life.

“Wicked Lovely,” published by HarperCollins, is a New York Times bestseller and has been published in 18 languages. Other books in the series include “Ink Exchange” and “Fragile Eternity”; the fourth book, “Radiant Shadows,” was published earlier this year.

Kristin Lowe and Kiska Higgs will oversee the project for U.

Peirce’s credits include “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Stop-Loss.”

CAA represented the book’s motion picture rights on behalf of Marr. Peirce is repped by CAA and Thompson by ICM.

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