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Paul Greengrass to Adapt and Direct Stephen King Novel ‘Fairy Tale’

The ”Captain Phillips“ director will also produce the film based on the book that published earlier this month

Paul Greengrass has optioned the rights to “Fairy Tale,” a new novel from Stephen King that just published earlier this month, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Though the film is just at a package stage at this point and has yet to land at a studio, Greengrass is developing the feature and will write, direct and produce “Fairy Tale.” Greg Goodman will also produce.

“Fairy Tale” is a dark fantasy novel from the master of horror as published by Scribner, and it follows a 17-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a terrifying world where good and evil are at war. The stakes could not be higher – for that world or ours – as he journeys into the mythic roots of human story telling, according to the official logline.

Both King and Greengrass also confirmed the news of the feature adaptation.

“Needless to say, I’m a Paul Greengrass fan and think he’s a wonderful choice for this film,” King said.

“‘Fairy Tale’ is a work of genius. A classic adventure story and also a disturbing contemporary allegory,” Greengrass added about the novel.

Greengrass last directed 2020’s “News of the World,” a Western starring Tom Hanks that was nominated for four Oscars. Greengrass is also meant to direct Benedict Cumberbatch in a film called “The Hood.”

Just this year, King’s novel “Firestarter” was adapted into a feature, and some of his other shorts and novels including “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone” and “Salem’s Lot.”

King is represented by Rand Holston Management and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman, Inc. Greengrass is represented by CAA.

Deadline first reported the news.