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Yancey’s Monstrumologist Series Will be Adapted for Film

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Today, Variety reports that Warner Bros. plans to bring Rick Yancey‘s series The Monstrumologist to the big screen. According to Variety, Jessica Postigo will adapt the script. Postigo also adapted Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

If you aren’t familiar with Yancey’s series, here is the synopsis:

The young-adult horror story centers on Dr. Pellinore Warthrop and his assistant Will Henry. Will is an orphan under the care of Dr. Warthrop, who studies dangerous creatures and monsters. The story is set in 1888, launching with a nightmarish specimen carted to the monstrumologist’s home — an anthropuphagi, a vicious man-eating creature without a head.

The Monstumologist by Rick Yancey (original cover)

Original cover of The Monstumologist by Rick Yancey

Sounds awesome, right? I can attest to the quality of Yancey’s writing in The Monstrumologist series. I’ve devoured each book! From first novel, simply titled, The Monstrumologist to The Curse of the Wendigo to The Isle of Blood to the last installment The Final Descent, Yancey creates a dark, rich, and almost palpable environment for Pellinor and Will. I know that these books are called YA, but they are scary and by the end have significant emotional impact for the monstrumologist and his assistant. Their journey together is not an easy one.

The setting is 1888. And so is the literary style and Yancey’s  linguistic choices. I feel this is one of the reasons his books work and a popular and critical success. In 2010, The Monstrumologist was on the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature honor list. (Personally, I enjoyed it more than the winner Going Bovine.) And, The Final Descent was produced in part due to a fan uprising that had to have more of Pellinore calling out, “Will Henry! Snap to!”

I wait for casting news. I don’t necessarily want to think about it because I feel very attached to these characters. But, I will. Just for you.  Michael Fassbender *might* make a great Pellinore Warthrop. Or “The Cumberbatch” maybe?

Check out the book trailer! No, no movie trailer yet.

If your interest is piqued. You  have plenty of time to start reading! Pick up these books now and prepare yourself for the wonders of monstrumology.


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