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Sony’s 3000 Pictures Adapting ‘Beasts and Beauty’ as Limited Series

Studio nabs rights to bestselling author Soman Chainani’s fairy tale anthology; author known for his popular ‘School for Good and Evil’ young adult fantasy saga.

Sony’s 3000 Pictures has landed the rights to Soman Chainani’s fairy tale anthology, “Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales,” which it plans to adapt as a limited series.

“Beasts and Beauty,” a collection of 12 modernized fairy tales, has made a splash in 13 territories internationally since it was first published by HarperCollins in 2021. Its author is also known for “The School for Good and Evil” -- a multi-novel fantasy adventure series centered around an elite institution where girls are sent and molded into heroes and villains.

Per Variety, Chainani will write the screenplay for the Beasts and Beauty pilot, and will executive produce the project. Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum will also executive produce via Roth/Kirschenbaum Films, alongside Alyssa Altman. Elizabeth Gabler and Aislinn Dunster will oversee the production on behalf of 3000 Pictures.

Since the series’ inaugural installment was published in 2013, Chainani wrote and released five more novels within “The School for Good and Evil”’s self-contained universe, which is branded as the “EverNever world.” Those books include “A World Without Princes,” “The Last Ever After,” “Quests for Glory,” “A Crystal of Time,” and “One True King.” A feature adaptation of the books, starring Kerry Washington and Charlize Theron, is set to hit Netflix in fall of 2022.

Chainani’s origin story about the founding of the school, “Rise of the School for Good and Evil,” will be released May 31.

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