YA Fantasy Adaptation ‘Ferals’ Heats Up at Fox (EXCLUSIVE)

Fox 2000 is ramping up development of “Ferals,” Jacob Grey’s young adult fantasy novel, and has hired Black List screenwriter Max Botkin to adapt, Variety has learned exclusively.

“Ferals” is the first book in a trilogy with a mythology that explores a special group of humans able to control animals. The story centers on a boy who can communicate with crows and discovers an underground world of “ferals” as his once-thriving city faces a wave of crime and violence.

Marisa Paiva and Nikki Ramey are overseeing development for the studio.

Botkin wrote the Black List script “What Happened to Monday,” which is in pre-production at Vendome Pictures with Tommy Wirkola directing. Noomi Rapace and Glenn Close will star in the adaptation.

Botkin is repped by Verve, Eva Lontscharitsch and attorney Lawrence Kopeikin at Morris Yorn.

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