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Reliance plans Graceling franchise

The Indian giant has acquired rights to Kristin Cashore’s bestselling young adult fantasy trilogy in partnership with Kintop Pictures.

Deepak Nayar will oversee the project for Reliance and Kintop and produces alongside Tabrez Noorani of Tamasha Talkies and Leigh Ann Burton for Blu-Sky Media.

UK screenwriter Piers Ashworth has signed on to write the script.

Graceling is the first instalment in the trilogy that includes Fire and Bitterblue, which together have earned such honours as the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award For Children’s Literature and Publishers Weekly Best Book Of The Year.

Graceling tells of a vulnerable yet strong young woman with a flair for killing who is manipulated by her uncle the king in a world where such skills, or Graces, are exploited. The novel is published by Harcourt Childrens Books.

“We are very excited about a potential franchise with a strong and original female lead,” said Nayar. “Graceling offers an original storyline that we haven’t seen before that combines elements of Hunger Games and Game Of Thrones.

Reliance Entertainment and Kintop Pictures are producing the Vampire Academy series. IM Global introduced the first book Blood Sisters to the market at the EFM in Berlin and The Weinstein Company acquired for the US.

Cashore is represented by Julie Kane-Ritsch of The Gotham Group and Faye Bender of the Faye Bender Literary Agency. Ashworth is represented by Resolution.

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