Royal We, “Cruelty,” “Polaroid” Films Planned

It has been a busy day for new feature film projects based on existing material.

First up, “Parenthood” duo Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman are teaming up to adapt Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks’ novel “The Royal We” for CBS Films. Graham will write the script for the project, which is being eyed as an acting vehicle for Whitman. The pair will also produce.

The story follows an American girl-next-door who moves to England to study at Oxford and falls in love with a fellow student, who happens to be the future King of England. There’s also elements such as a red-headed troublemaking brother, her sudden tabloid fame and the royal family’s many requirements.

Paramount Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer have nabbed the rights to S. Bergstrom’s 2014 debut young adult action-thriller “The Cruelty”. Bergstrom is already writing the next book in what could end up being a trilogy.

The story centers on 17-year-old Gwendolyn Bloom who sets off across the dark underbelly of Europe to rescue her father, a kidnapped diplomat. She plunges into a brutal world of arms smuggling and human trafficking as she faces off against the most feared crime family in Prague.

Finally, Dimension Films has optioned the feature film rights to Lars Klevberg’s short horror film “Polaroid” which recently won the L.A. Horror short film festival and is seen as a potential franchise launcher.

Klevberg is also attached to direct the feature version which will go out to writers to adapt. Chris Bender, Jake Weiner, Roy Lee, John Hagen, Petter Lokke and Jake Wagner will produce.

Sources: THR, Variety, Deadline