The Selection is one step closer to multiplexes. EW has learned Me Before You director Thea Sharrock is attached to the adaptation of the bestselling YA series by Kiera Cass.
The dystopia-meets-The Bachelor series follows young America Singer as she’s chosen to compete for the affections of a prince. Of course, as she enters the Selection process, she’s not exactly single — America was in a secret relationship before she left for the castle — and the government, based on an awkward caste system, isn’t exactly stable.
The author was pleased to share the big news on Twitter, but she warned fans not to get too excited just yet, as the film isn’t yet greenlit.
The adaptation of the 2012 novel has had a bit of a rocky road thus far. It was first developed for The CW, which shot two different pilots before ultimately passing on the project. In April 2015, Warner Bros. announced they were developing the book into a film and had hired Black List writer Katie Lovejoy.
When EW spoke to Cass in May, she raved about the status of the script. “I’ve gotten a second version of the script and I’ve read it,” she said. “It’s still in a really good place and I know that everybody’s who’s working on it behind the scenes, like my film agent and producer people, are really championing it and rooting the whole way.”
The fifth and final novel of The Selection Series, called The Crown, was released last month.
Variety first reported the news.