Scholastic Sells ‘The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray’

Trademark Films has acquired the film rights from Scholastic to Chris Wooding’s teen fantasy novel The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, reports Screen Daily.

Set in a Victorian London of the future which is inhabited by ghouls and demons, the story centres around a young witch hunter whose mission is to protect a girl under threat.

Investor turned producer Ivan Mactaggart, who joined Trademark from financing company BMS as a partner (alongside David Parfitt) in December last year, told Screen that the project “inhabits a world somewhere between ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Underworld.’ There are two beautiful young things at the heart of it, and it has real franchise potential.