Universal Hires Jay Basu to Adapt ‘Talon’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Chris Morgan producing bigscreen adaptation of fantasy novel

With buzz already building for the book’s release in October, Universal has tapped Jay Basu to adapt the Julie Kagawa fantasy novel “Talon.”

Chris Morgan and Emile Gladstone will produce through Morgan’s shingle, Chris Morgan Productions.

The tome is part of a series with the first book being released on Oct. 28, 2014 by Harlequin Teen. Kagawa is also the New York Times Bestselling author of “The Iron Fey” and “Blood of Eden” series.

This contemporary series revolves around dragons with the ability to disguise themselves as humans and an order of warriors, The Order of St. George, sworn to eradicate them. These fabled creatures, whose existence is unknown to anyone outside the order, are determined to rule the world. The Order of St. George are equally bent on driving the fabled beasts into extinction. However, when a young female dragon and a promising young slayer unknowingly become involved, it has severe repercussions for both organizations.

Director of development Sara Scott will oversee the project on behalf of Universal and vice president, Ainsley Davies, will oversee development for Chris Morgan Productions.

The book was announced last October and given the popularity of the theme in properties like “Lord of the Rings” and “Game of Thrones.”

Universal is confident this is a property worth moving quickly on even though there isn’t a built in fan-base.

Basu is no stranger in tackling this type of material. U recently tapped him to rewrite of “Dante’s Inferno” that Fede Alvarez (“Evil Dead”) is attached to direct. Basu also wrote “Monsters: Dark Continent,” the follow up to Gareth Evans “Monsters,” that comes out this year.

Basu is repped by UTA and U.K. manager Josh Varney at 42. Kagawa is repped by Gersh.

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  1. Sophie Lives says:

    Julie Kagawa has lost many fans. Since being called out on plagiarizing Sophie Jordan’s book series Firelight, it appears every book series Julie Kagawa wrote was a copycat of another popular YA series disguised as her own. Her Blood of Eden series ripped off of The Last Vampire animae. Her Iron Fey series lifted from other YA fey series.

  2. A.Steinberg says:

    Talon is a dreadful overdrawn mess of a book. A common criticism of her books is her lack of a strong voice and her similarities of plot to many books in YA and in manga. Not to mention her latest was a sales flop. The common criticism o thought Talon copycat Sophie Jordan’s Firelight to the point of plagiarism. Her Iron Fey series copied many YA books, even lifting from lesser known authors’ works. Mortal Rules is lifted from a Japanese manga. No wonder there is a Kagawa Curse where anyone who helped her ends up cursed. Harlequin went bankrupt and had to sell at a loss. They couldn’t afford to pay their authors and many went indie, making more than how much Harlequin paid them. I believe there’s a curse around her.

  3. Variety reader says:

    I agree Talon was a weak copy of Sophie Jordan’s Firelight, which would make a better film. Sophie Jordan is a better writer, and her publisher didn’t pour hundreds of thousands into marketing her books to go near bankrupt as Kagawa’s publisher did. Since publishing Kagawa’s books, her publisher has gone steadily in the black. If Morgan makes Talon into a film, following the disaster that was Ronin, and the poor track record of similar YA books, it will be career suicide.

  4. Mariko S. says:

    Was very disappointed with the book. Seemed like a copy of the Firelight Series by Sophie Jordan, which was optioned as a film before Talon. The only difference is Talon trying to be Japanese. All I can see with Talon is another major flop like Ronin since it plays on a Japanese theme but won’t get accepted by the Japanese. Realistically speaking from a native Japanese perspective, Kagawa’s knowledge of Japanese culture is limited. She doesn’t even speak Japanese. Not very original if you know that in Japan, there are tons of animae with the storyline of dragon shifting.

  5. Sanny says:

    WUHUU! im really happen for Julie! She’s the best BUT seriously? Like… SERIOUSLY?!

    Her “The Iron Fey” series ARE SO much BETTER EVERYONE LOVES THEM! And the best thing is that they are different! not like the average type of movies: Vampires, funny love stories and horror.! The iron fey includes action, Fantasy,Friendship , true love, and a hero story! It inspires people and mostly teenager! Because the main role Meghan is between 16-18 years old, we teenagers can relate to her and the most IMPORTANT thing is … ITS STM new! We want something new! The books werent any moment boring !! It would be an amazing movie u guys wont regret that!

    Please watch at us younger group and realize that we arent only interested in vampires!
    The iron Fey,old fairytales become modern or acually a gerneral overhaul!
    It is so great that all the old myths and legends come to life again!

    There are a lot more reasons to film the Iron Fey movie but please think about that idea :D

    The whole world would love it believe me! Not only me.. believe us reader, at least we are the target group!! :)

    Much love!! xxx

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