‘Me Before You’ Director Thea Sharrock Tapped to Adapt YA Novel ‘The Selection’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Fresh off the success of “Me Before You,” director Thea Sharrock is attached to helm an adaptation of the young adult novel “The Selection” for Warner Bros.

Written by Kiera Cass, “The Selection” is a 2012 book about America Singer, one of 35 women chosen to compete for a prince’s affections. The protagonist is torn between the opulence of royal life, and a secret relationship she was involved in before the competition started. Scribe Katie Lovejoy adapted the book to screenplay.

DiNovi Pictures’ Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan are producing for Warner Bros. along with Pouya Shahbazian. Julia Spiro is overseeing the project for the studio.

The deal comes on the heels of Sharrock’s helming the romantic drama “Me Before You,” which stars Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. The film has over-performed at the box office. With a budget of $20 million, its domestic totals have already topped $41 million, prompting the studio to look hard for Sharrock’s next pic.

“Me Before You” was Sharrock’s feature film directorial debut. She previously worked primarily in British theatre, and also the BBC miniseries “The Hollow Crown” in which she directed Tom Hiddleston in the chapter “Henry V.”

Sharrock is repped by CAA in the U.S. and United Agents in the U.K.

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