Hatchery, Jane Startz option ‘Angel’ book series

First book in Candlewick Press fantasy series was released in May

L.A.-based production company the Hatchery and Gotham-based Jane Startz Prods. have teamed to option scribe L.A. Weatherly’s “Angel” book trilogy

The series follows the complicated love affair of Willow, a half-angel and half-human character, and Alex, a CIA assassin assigned to hunt her down.

“Angel Burn,” the first in the series, was released domestically by Candlewick Press in May and landed a top 10 spot on the American Assn. of Booksellers’ Indie Next List. “Angel Fire” will released in the U.K. this month, and is slated for a U.S. release in January. The final book is expected to be published next fall.

Startz, known for producing book-to-film adaptations such as “Ella Enchanted” and “The Baby-Sitters’ Club,” described “Angel” as “one of the most thrilling, romantic and imaginative books I have read in a very, very long time,” while Hatchery partner Dan Angel dubbed the trilogy a “rare property that hits on all cylinders.”

Candlewick Press topper Karen Lotz added, “We simply cannot wait to see how (the book) translate for audiences in what promises to be a thrill ride feature film.”