The long-gestating book-to-screen adaptation of Kiera Cass’ best-selling YA novel The Selection will finally be coming to a screen near you thanks to Netflix!
Producer Denise Di Novi released a statement about The Selection adaptation, saying that “we are thrilled to be working with Netflix and bringing these beloved books to life for the extraordinarily loyal and passionate fan base,” the producer said. “The author Kiera Cass has created a spellbinding fantasy whose message of empowerment and authenticity is more relevant today than ever.”
Di Novi and Divergent franchise’s Pouya Shahbazian will produce, while Margaret French Isaac will serve as executive producer.
“I’m thrilled to be working with the brilliant Haifaa Al-Mansour and our friends at Netflix on this special film,” Shahbazian said. “Having worked on some very high profile book adaptations, I’ve never before seen the fervor and passion that The Selection fans have for the adaptation of Kiera Cass’ book series to film.”
According to Variety, Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour will direct Netflix’s upcoming film The Selection, which will be based on the first book in Kiera Cass’ popular YA series.
First published in 2012, The Selection is set in a dystopian future where 35 girls are selected to move to a royal palace and compete for a prince’s heart.
America Singer is from the society’s lower class and chosen as one of Prince Maxon’s suitors, but she’s torn between the life and love she left behind. Over time, she grows strong feelings for the Prince.
The Selection is the first in a five-book series and has sold more than 11 million copies around the world.
The Selection was initially set to be a CW show, with Aimee Teegarden from Friday Night Lights tapped for lead character America Singer, then with Yael Grobglas — who became Petra of Jane of the Virgin — as the lead character when that first pilot was rejected.
Both CW pilot episodes were rejected, and the rights to the book lapsed until 2016, when the rights for a film directed by Me Before You director Thea Sharrock were picked up by Warner Bros.
However, that film version also failed to come to fruition. Let’s hope this Netflix adaptation is the one we’ve been waiting for!