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Drew Goddard Producing ‘Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow’ for Fox

Fox has tapped “The Martian” screenwriter Drew Goddard to adapt and produce fantasy story “Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow” as a movie.

The studio bought the movie rights last year in a preemptive deal. The Jessica Townsend novel will be published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on Oct. 31.

Translation rights to the middle-grade series have sold in 27 countries so far. Daria Cercek is overseeing the project for 20th Century Fox.

The title character has to deal with being born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born — meaning she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks along with being doomed to die at midnight on her 11th birthday. But she’s then whisked away by a remarkable man named Jupiter North to a secret, magical city called Nevermoor — where she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, if she is to stay.

Fox hired Goddard in September to direct and write X-Men spinoff movie “X-Force.” That movie will be centered on Deadpool and Cable, who lead a band of ruthless mutant warriors. Producers are Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, and Lauren Shuler Donner.

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Goddard is already directing and producing Fox’s “Bad Times at the El Royale,” starring Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges, with production expected to start early next year. Goddard is also set to produce the movie. He received an Academy Award nomination last year for best adapted screenplay for “The Martian,” which was adapted from the Andy Weir novel.

Goddard is repped by UTA and Townsend is repped by Paradigm.

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