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Universal Acquires Shadowmancer

Universal Pictures has made it official; it has purchased the feature film rights to vicar G.P. Taylor bestseller SHADOWMANCER for a seven-digit sum, reports VARIETY. Fortitude Films originally bought the rights to the book in March for $1 million against $6.2 million for the book and will produce the film. Universal will cover Fortitude's original deal, which included 15% of merchandising. Fortitude's Steve Delaportas and Lisa Marie Butkiewicz will produce.

Set in the 17th-century, the story follows a group of kids who try to steal an ancient relic, which an evil sorcerer plans to use, bringing darkness to the world.

Fortitude already agreed to pay $1.8 million against $6.5 million for WORMWOOD, Taylor's second novel, which is a bestseller in the U.K. and will be published in the U.S. this fall.

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