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Warner Bros. Seeks A New Franchise With ‘A Discovery Of Witches’

With the Harry Potter series finished and Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy coming to a close next summer, Warner Bros. is scrambling to get a new franchise in the works (Green Lantern sure didn’t work out…). Young adult novel adaptations are still all the rage thanks to the success of Potter and Twilight and the obscene amount of interest in next year’s Hunger Games, and the studio is looking to appeal to the demographic with A Discovery Of Witches. Warner Bros. is said to be putting a writer on the adaptation of Deborah Harkness’ best-selling novel immediately, though it’s unknown who they’re reaching out to. The next book in the All Souls Trilogy, Shadows Of Night, will be out in 2012.

When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer.

For witches are not the only otherworldly creatures living alongside humans. There are also creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires who become interested in the witch’s discovery. They believe that the manuscript contains important clues about the past and the future, and want to know how Diana Bishop has been able to get her hands on the elusive volume.

Chief among the creatures who gather around Diana is vampire Matthew Clairmont, a geneticist with a passion for Darwin. Together, Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the manuscript’s secrets. But the relationship that develops between the ages-old vampire and the spellbound witch threatens to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between creatures and humans—and will certainly transform Diana’s world as well.



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