Skydance has scored the rights to John Flanagan’s young adult fantasy book series “Ranger’s Apprentice” with plans to adapt it into a live-action feature.

In addition, filmmaker Ted Melfi (“Hidden Figures”) has closed a deal to write and direct the film and will produce alongside Kim Quinn, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger.

The plan is to adapt the first two books into the first film. The story follows Will, an orphan who becomes an apprentice to a group of mysterious protectors known as the Rangers.

Skilled trackers, archers, and warriors, all are in the service of the King of Araluen – protecting it from invaders, traitors, and other threats. Other characters include Will’s mentor, Halt and his best friend Horace.

The books clock in at nineteen volumes at present. Skydance has also optioned the rights to adapt Flanagan’s nine-volume “The Brotherband Chronicles”.

Melfi has several projects on the way including the Melissa McCarthy and Kevin Hart-led “The Goat” at Netflix, and the Bill Murray-led comedy “The Springs” at Sony.

Source: Deadline

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