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Disney+ Looks to Carry THE GRIMM LEGACY

Deadline is reporting that the new Disney+ digital channel will adapt the first novel in the Grimm Legacy trilogy of YA books by Polly Shulman.

The series, which consists of Grimm Legacy (2010), The Wells Bequest (2013) and The Poe Estate (2015), centers around a group of teens that work in the New York Circulating Material Repository, a library of objects ranging from historical to contemporary magical items. The most powerful of these are kept in the basement in the Special Collections. These items come straight from fictional stories of the Brothers Grimm. The sequels reveal that the library has additional collections related to H.G. Wells and Edgar Allan Poe.

The Grimm Legacy follows a teen named Elizabeth, who works at the library in the hopes of making new friends and earning some pocket money. When the magical objects start to disappear from the library, Elizabeth and her friends work to catch the thief.

David Gleeson is attached to adapt the book series. He co-wrote the screenplay for the J.R.R. Tolkien biopic Tolkien. Dome Karukoski is directing and Chernin Entertainment is producing for Fox Searchlight. The film stars Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins and Mimi Keeene. It’s set for release May 10 this spring. Gleeson’s most recent film that he both wrote and directed, the supernatural thriller Don’t Go starring Stephen Dorff and Melissa George, was picked up by IFC Films.

According to the Deadline article, Disney has their eyes set on a new franchise with the Shulman trilogy. Jane Goldenring will produce along with Evan Shapiro of eshapTV. No director is attached yet.

Shapiro confirmed his involvement on Twitter:


Maia Ades

Maia Ades resented the demanding schedule of first grade, as it interfered with her afternoon TV schedule. Now she watches TV for "research" and in order to write show reviews. She is currently involved in independent film production, and enjoys creating fine art.

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