Joe Roth boards ‘Daughter of Smoke & Bone’ as producer

Palak Patel will exec produce Universal fantasy pic

Joe Roth will produce the film adaptation of the young adult fantasy novel, “Daughter of Smoke & Bone,” penned by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor.

The story follows a 17-year-old Prague art student, who was raised by chimera, or creatures that have the attributes of different animals and humans. The chimera she lives with demand teeth in exchange for wishes, and send Karou to fetch these teeth for them. During one of these missions, the girl finds a seraph who finds something familiar in her.

Universal acquired the sought-after property last December and VP of production Maradith Frenkel and creative executive Sara Scott are overseeing the project for Universal. Roth’s president of production Palak Patel will exec produce.

“In ‘Daughter of Smoke & Bone,’ Laini Taylor masterfully tells a story of identity and destiny that welcomes readers into a fantastical world with a unique mythology,” said Roth. “It is very different than anything we’ve seen before and I look forward to bringing the fascinating characters to the big screen.”

“Days of Blood & Starlight,” the sequel to “Daughter of Smoke & Bone,” is a New York Times bestseller and was named a best book of 2012 by Amazon and Publisher’s Weekly.

“I am very excited that Joe Roth is going to bring ‘Daughter of Smoke & Bone’ to the screen. I am a huge fan of his big, gorgeous fantasy epics with powerful female characters,” said Taylor. “I can’t wait to see how he’ll bring my world to life on film..”

Roth most recently produced “Snow White and the Huntsman” for Universal, which has grossed more $375 million worldwide. He is repped by CAA.

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