Universal Hires Jay Basu to Adapt ‘Talon’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Chris Morgan producing bigscreen adaptation of fantasy novel

With buzz already building for the book’s release in October, Universal has tapped Jay Basu to adapt the Julie Kagawa fantasy novel “Talon.”

Chris Morgan and Emile Gladstone will produce through Morgan’s shingle, Chris Morgan Productions.

The tome is part of a series with the first book being released on Oct. 28, 2014 by Harlequin Teen. Kagawa is also the New York Times Bestselling author of “The Iron Fey” and “Blood of Eden” series.

This contemporary series revolves around dragons with the ability to disguise themselves as humans and an order of warriors, The Order of St. George, sworn to eradicate them. These fabled creatures, whose existence is unknown to anyone outside the order, are determined to rule the world. The Order of St. George are equally bent on driving the fabled beasts into extinction. However, when a young female dragon and a promising young slayer unknowingly become involved, it has severe repercussions for both organizations.

Director of development Sara Scott will oversee the project on behalf of Universal and vice president, Ainsley Davies, will oversee development for Chris Morgan Productions.

The book was announced last October and given the popularity of the theme in properties like “Lord of the Rings” and “Game of Thrones.”

Universal is confident this is a property worth moving quickly on even though there isn’t a built in fan-base.

Basu is no stranger in tackling this type of material. U recently tapped him to rewrite of “Dante’s Inferno” that Fede Alvarez (“Evil Dead”) is attached to direct. Basu also wrote “Monsters: Dark Continent,” the follow up to Gareth Evans “Monsters,” that comes out this year.

Basu is repped by UTA and U.K. manager Josh Varney at 42. Kagawa is repped by Gersh.

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