John Wick's writer to adapt the fantasy series A Darker Shade of Magic
The story revolves around a universe that has split into four dimensions, each one with a unique view on magic
After creating his own wild world of assassins and gunfights, Derek Kolstad will next adapt another writer’s magical multiverse. Kolstad, who wrote the first three John Wick movies, has been hired to adapt A Darker Shade of Magic, a fantasy adventure by VE Schwab. Neal Moritz and Gerard Butler are among the producers attached and the film is set up at Sony.
Schwab’s novel tells the story of a universe that’s split into four dimensions, each one with a unique view on magic. In one world, everyone believes magic doesn’t exist. In another, magic is part of everyone’s life. In a third, the people in power use it against the weak, and a fourth world has been forever destroyed because of magic. In this setting, one of the last people with an ability to travel across these dimensions finds themselves in a position to save them all.
There are three total novels in the series, which were published between 2015 and 2017, so it’s very possible that the makers are hoping for a potential franchise. And Kolstad has certainly shown a penchant for building a fascinating world with cool characters that can sustain that kind of storytelling.
An announcement regarding the cast is expected soon.