In the fall of 2009, writer-director Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You) signed on to adapt Beautiful Creatures, the first of three novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl about Ethan, a mortal boy living in the South, and Lena, the girl he loves with enigmatic powers she’s trying to keep hidden. Interest in the project has been high as Hollywood hunts for another Twilight-esque literary phenom to turn into a blockbuster franchise.
More than two years later, Alcon Entertainment has announced it will finance and produce LaGravenese’s adaptation of Beautiful Creatures, in partnership with Warner Bros. Academy Award nominee Viola Davis has signed on to play Amma, described as “a seer who looks after Ethan and his father after Ethan’s mother’s death.”
“This story successfully uses the bucolic, peaceful world of the Gothic South and the stories of families that have been rooted there for generations to tell a story of fated love… Our intention is to create characters that are so rich, and a world that is so inviting, that audiences will desire to have the story continue beyond this movie,” producer Erin Stoff (I Am Legend, The Matrix) said in a release.
Filming is set to begin in April in the New Orleans area.