Nicole Sperling
September 23, 2010 AT 06:30 PM EDT

Forget vampires, how about faeries? And, no, I’m not talking about True Blood. Universal Pictures announced today that it’s hired Kimberly Peirce, the director behind Boys Don’t Cry and Stop-Loss, to direct Wicked Lovely, the adaptation of the first book in the best-selling young adult fantasy series by Melissa Marr. Universal Pictures is producing the film with Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Picture Show Productions.

The film centers on a teenage girl, Aislinn, who has seen dangerous faeries her entire life and must go against everything she was taught to confront a world she was raised to fear. Caroline Thompson (Corpse Bride) is adapting the novel for the big screen. The book debuted in 2007 and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for ll weeks. Marr followed it up with the companion novels Ink Exchange in 2008 and Fragile Eternity in 2009. The fourth book in the series Radiant Shadows will debut this year.

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