Joni Sighvatsson’s production company Palomar Pictures has optioned Blood of Eden, the new series from bestselling young adult author Julie Kagawa.

The first book in the series, The Immortal Rules, will be published by Harlequin Teen on April 24.

The first book is set in a future world where humans have been hit by a deadly virus and are used only as a food source and slave class to an elite socity of vamires. One young woman who wants to rise up against her supernatural masters but is turned into a vampire, having to choose whether to join forces with them or not.

Sighvatsson, whose credits include Killer Elite, K-19, and Basquiat, said: “It’s simply a great story with an electrifying heroine for the 21st century.  It makes the series an ideal subject for a film adaptation. Julie’s ability to familiarize the reader with this complex world in a few pages demonstrates the cinematic qualities of her imagination and complements my own sensibilities as a film producer.”

Julie Kagawa added: “Joni does not take on a project unless he really loves it. He’s thoughtful and established, and I know he’s going to make a great movie that respects my material.”

Natashya Wilson, senior editor for Harlequin TEEN, added. “Julie writes in such a cinematic way, I have seen her books as films from day one. Her fans have been clamoring for Julie Kagawa movies for a long time and I am so pleased that they are finally going to get their wish fulfilled!”

Kagawa previously wrote the Iron Fey series consisting including The Iron King.