Uprooted is Heading to the Big Screen


Naomi Novik’s Uprooted is Getting an Adaptation

Naomi Novik's UprootedNaomi Novik has become a wanted author as of late. One of her novels, Uprooted, was the center of a bidding war, which Warner Brothers won. Lionsgate and Fox 2000 were both in the competition for the rights, with no luck on their part.


Naomi Novik has written plenty of novels, and even gotten herself a Hugo Award. Currently, it’s her 2015 novel that’s up for discussion – though I expect we’ll be hearing news about her latest novel, Spinning Silver, in due time.

Uprooted follows Agnieszka, a woman who lives in a small village overseen by a dragon. And not the dragon you’d expect, either. The dragon is actually a wizard, and while he doesn’t require a blood sacrifice, he does demand a new girl every ten years. But all in exchange for protection.

The novel has been described as a modern Beauty and the Beast, or a Polish Howl’s Moving Castle. And honestly? Both are fairly accurate, while not completely covering the entirety of what Uprooted is.

The Adaptation

Naomi Novik's Uprooted
Naomi Novik

Since Warner Brothers just obtained the rights, there isn’t much in way of news just yet. Other than one big piece of news; Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman are the producers of the movie. This is Ellen DeGeneres’ first major movie, so it’s a pretty big deal for her. We wish her the best of luck (and not just because we want an amazing movie out of this).

DeGeneres and Kleeman are both working on A Very Good Production. And it was Kleeman himself who brought the novel to the company’s attention.

Meanwhile, Niija Kuykendall and Julia Spiro are going to be the two in charge of the project. Hopefully the bidding war that ensued will encourage them to move forward quickly with the project.

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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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