Elizabeth Banks is in negotiations with Universal to direct fantasy actioner “The Red Queen.”
Universal optioned the young adult book in 2013 from author Victoria Aveyard, setting it up with Benderspink’s Jake Weiner, Chris Bender and JC Spink along with Pouya Shazbazian. “Breaking Bad” writer Gennifer Hutchinson was hired in late 2013 to adapt the novel, which was published in February of this year.
The first in a trilogy, “Red Queen” is set in a fantasy world where society divides its members by the color of their blood. It features a 17-year-old girl who, to save her family, must assume the role of a long lost princess while secretly aiding a revolution.
Banks directed, co-starred and produced “Pitch Perfect 2,” which has been an outsize success for Universal with $161 million domestic and more than $250 million worldwide. She is repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.
The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.