Emma Watson, who plays a hilariously deranged version of herself in this weekend's wonderfully weird "This is the End" and a superficial kleptomaniac in Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" (also this weekend), is reteaming with her "Harry Potter" collaborators, producer David Heyman and studio Warner Bros., for what's being described as a "Game of Thrones"-esque fantasy trilogy. Seven hells!
The project is called "The Queen of the Tearling" and is based on an upcoming fantasy trilogy by Erika Johansen (the first book will be published sometime next year). Johansen said that the trilogy's 19-year-old female lead was inspired, in part, by a speech she heard Barack Obama give in 2007.
A writer and director are currently being sought by the studio, so this is very much in the early stages, but Warner Bros. has wrapped up the exclusive rights to the book and will distribute the films. The report describes the book as being set "three centuries after an environmental catastrophe when a malevolent Red Queen holds considerable power." So this series is set in the dark ages and is also post-apocalyptic? Sounds good!
Watson can soon be seen in Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah," alongside Russell Crowe, and has an adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast," which Guillermo del Toro is overseeing (and could potentially direct), coming soon too. Pretty soon she's going to need a "Harry Potter" Time-Turner just to be able to accomplish all of these projects.
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