Netflix has announced that Paul Feig is on board to direct its upcoming fairytale series The School For Good And Evil.
Based on the bestselling book by Soman Chainani, the screenplay will be adapted by David Magee (Life of Pi, Mary Poppins Returns, Finding Neverland) and Laura Solon (Office Christmas Party, Let It Snow).
“I’m truly excited to bring this amazing, touching, funny and empowering world that Soman created in his wonderful books to life,” said Feig. “I feel like a frog that just turned into a prince.”
“To have one of your favorite directors adapt your book into a film for Netflix is an honor and a dream,” added Chainani. “Paul Feig is a brilliant filmmaker and a master of tone — a perfect fit for the twists and turns of The School For Good And Evil.
“I have no doubt that he will make a true fairy tale classic.”
The School For Good And Evil follows best friends Sophie and Agatha who are about to discover where fairytale legacies go to school: the School for Good and Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. With her princess ambitions, Sophie knows she’ll be picked for the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella and Snow White.
Meanwhile, Agatha, with her grim aesthetic and wicked cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil. Yet soon the girls find their fortunes reversed: Sophie is dropped into the School for Evil, Agatha into the School for Good. But what if the mistake is the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are? Their friendship will be put to the test in this thrilling and comedic story where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.
The novel was Soman Chainani’s first novel and an instant New York Times bestseller. The book is the first of six in The School For Good And Evil series. The final book in the series, The School For Good And Evil: One True King is available now from HarperCollins.