Fox Animation has acquired the rights to Kelly Barnhill’s acclaimed children’s novel “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” which is described as an epic coming-of-age fairy tale.
Marc Haimes (“Kubo and the Two Strings”) has been set to adapt the script for the film which is expected to be a hybrid live-action/animation.
The story is set in a land called the Protectorate where people leave a baby as an offering to a witch who lives in the forest in the hope that the sacrifice will prevent her from terrorizing their town.
The catch is, she’s a kind witch called Xan who rescues them and re-homes them with loving families on the other side of the forest. As she travels through the forest with them, she nourishes them with starlight until one night she accidentally feeds a baby moonlight, which fills the child with extraordinary magic.
Xan decides to keep this baby and name her Luna. But as the girl’s 13th birthday approaches, her magic begins to surface with potentially dangerous consequences.
Carlos Saldanha and Maresa Pullman will produce.