Amazon Studios to develop Peternelle van Arsdale’s The Beast is an Animal with Ridley Scott
Amazon Studios is in development with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free production company to create a movie based on the science-fiction fantasy novel The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale, according to Variety. The streaming service is reportedly in final negotiations with Bert & Bertie (Dance Camp) to direct and adapt The Beast is an Animal. The directing duo are also attached to Amazon’s Troupe Zero for Amazon.
Here is the Amazon.com description of the book: “Alys was seven the first time she saw the soul eaters. These soul eaters are twin sisters who were abandoned by their father and slowly grew into something not quite human. And they feed off of human souls. When her village was attacked, Alys was spared and sent to live in a neighboring village. There the devout people created a strict world where fear of the soul eaters—and of the Beast they believe guides them—rule village life. But the Beast is not what they think he is. And neither is Alys.
“Inside, Alys feels connected to the soul eaters, and maybe even to the Beast itself. As she grows from a child to a teenager, she longs for the freedom of the forest. And she has a gift she can tell no one, for fear they will call her a witch. When disaster strikes, Alys finds herself on a journey to heal herself and her world. A journey that will take her through the darkest parts of the forest, where danger threatens her from the outside—and from within her own heart and soul.”
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