Twilight mastermind Stephenie Meyer has acquired the rights to a budding new YA franchise. Entitled Anna Dressed in Blood, the supernatural romance has already plucked its leading stars in fresh-faced newcomers Maddie Hasson (I Saw the Light) and Gotham‘s Cameron Monaghan.
Working under her Fickle Fish Films banner, Meyer will nurture the adaptation of Kendare Blake’s novel series, with Step Up director Trish Sie at the helm and Allison Wood on screenwriting duties.
Remaining very much in the soppy-meets-supernatural wheelhouse for Meyer, Anna Dressed in Blood spans two relatively successful novels, telling the spooky tale of one Cas Lowood. Inheriting his family’s expertise of the paranormal, Cas’ sole objective is to kill the dead and save the living, but that all changes when he encounters a seemingly vengeful spirit known as Anna.
Having slaughtered anyone and everyone that cross her path, Blake’s book explores the strange romance that sparks when Anna displays an unusual soft spot for Cas’ supernatural investigator.
Here’s the synopsis of the 2011 novel:
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home. But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas’s life.
Stephenie Meyer will hope to conjure an all-new movie franchise when Anna Dressed in Blood steps in front of the cameras come November. If nothing else, the author’s passion project will likely launch the careers of both Hasson and Monaghan.