Venom screenwriter Kelly Marcel has been tapped by Legendary Entertainment to adapt Ferryman.
According to TheWrap, Ferryman -- the first book in a trilogy of young adult novels by Claire McFall -- will be Marcel's directorial debut. Published by Templar, the first two books in the trilogy have sold over three million copies across the globe. The first book won McFall the Scottish Teen Book Award in 2013.
Ferryman is a story that follows a young woman involved in a train crash in Scotland. She soon finds out -- and must come to terms with -- the fact she is the only one who perished in the accident. After meeting Tristan, the titular ferryman who is supposed to guide her to the afterlife, they engage in a romance that complicates the natural order. The final book in the trilogy is targeted for a release in Spring 2019.
With the otherworldly themes in Ferryman, Kelly Marcel might be able to use some of the horror-inspired aspects she included in Venom. Marcel has already been asked to return, along with leading man Tom Hardy, on the Venom sequel. She will also assume the role of executive producer.
Kelly Marcel previously wrote 50 Shades of Grey and Saving Mr. Banks. She will also pen Cruella, the live-action adaption of the Disney classic 101 Dalmatians told from the villain's perspective and starring Emma Stone. Novelist Claire McFall's other works include Bombmaker and Black Cairn Point.