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‘Take Me To The River’ Director Matt Sobel Makes Studio Leap, Will Helm YA Adaptation ‘The Scorpio Races’

'Take Me To The River' Director Matt Sobel Makes Studio Leap, Will Helm YA Adaptation 'The Scorpio Races'

For every success story like Colin Trevorrow and his billion dollar breaking transition from “Safety Not Guaranteed” to “Jurassic World,” there are countless others who couldn’t quite make the indie leap. Sometimes it’s the scale of the project that’s overwhelming or the machinations of studio politics that does them in, but it’s not an easy journey to make. However, Matt Sobel is going to give it a try. 

READ MORE: Sundance Review: ‘Take Me To The River’ Features Solid Performances In A Genuinely Peculiar Film

The indie director who made his feature debut with “Take Me To The River,” which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, has been tapped to helm the adaptation of Maggie Stiefvater’s YA bestseller, “The Scorpio Races.” The project has some heavy talent behind it with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg producing, and Jack Thorne (“How I Live Now,” “This Is England,” “Skins“) penning the script. As for the story, it’s about uh, apocalyptic horse racing or something. Here’s the book synopsis: 

Some race to win. Others race to survive.
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die. At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them. Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition – the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

Something tells me Sean and Puck are going to fall for each other, but maybe that’s just me. Anyway, if you read the book, let us know what you think about a movie version below. [Deadline]

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