Focus to Develop YA Adaptation of Maggie Stiefvater’s ‘Scorpio Races’

Focus Features has come onboard to develop the YA adaptation of The Scorpio Races, based on Maggie Stiefvater’s popular book.
English screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne is writing the screenplay based on the 2011 book, which was published by Scholastic.

The story is set on the fictional island of Thisby where, every November, a deadly race is held on mystical and dangerous water horses — only one person will win, and some will die.

The project was originally set up at Warner Bros. in 2011 but went into turnaround, and Focus picked it up.

Stay alive, stay astride, stay out of the water… Every November, the Scorpio Races are run beneath the chalk cliffs of Skarmouth. Thousands gather to watch the horses and the sea that washes the blood from the sand. The mounts are capaill uisce: savage water horses. There are no horses more beautiful, more fearless, more deadly. To race them can be suicide but the danger is irresistible. Sean Kendrick knows the dangers of the capaill uisce. With one foot in the ocean and one on land, he is the only man on the island capable of taming the beasts. He races to prove something both to himself and to the horses. Puck Connolly enters the races to save her family. But the horse she rides is an ordinary little mare, just as Puck is an ordinary girl. When Sean sees Puck on the beach he doesn’t think she belongs. He doesn’t realize his fate will become entwined in hers. They both enter the Races hoping to change their lives. But first they’ll have to survive.

The Scorpio Races is available in various formats on Amazon UK

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