Haifaa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabian filmmaker, will be directing the upcoming film, The Selection, for Netflix. The story will be based on the first entry from Kiera Cass’ popular book series, per Variety. “The Selection” is the first of its five-book series and has astonishingly sold 11 million copies all over the globe!
Published in 2012, the book revolves around a dystopian future where 35 girls are selected to come into the royal palace to compete for the prince’s heart. Being one of the few selected girls to become Prince Maxon’s suitor, America Singer comes from their society’s lower class. She’s now torn between where she was then and where she is now. It doesn’t help also that she’s grown fond of the Prince.
“We are thrilled to be working with Netflix and bringing these beloved books to life for the extraordinarily loyal and passionate fan base,” producer Denise Di Novi said. “The author Kiera Cass has created a spellbinding fantasy whose message of empowerment and authenticity is more relevant today than ever.”
Al-Mansour’s career blew up the moment she laid hands on the 2012 film Wadjda, earning critical acclaim and an Indie Spirit nomination for best feature. Following that success, she worked on Mary Shelley and The Perfect Candidate. Al-Mansour and the streaming platform are not stranger by any means as these two have worked on 2018’s Happily Ever After.
She is managed by Rosalie Swedlin at Anonymous Content and represented by UTA and attorney Craig Emmanuel at Paul Hastings LLP.
For the adaptation, Di Novi and Pouya Shahbazian will be producing alongside Margaret French Isaac who will be executive producing.
“I’m thrilled to be working with the brilliant Haifaa Al-Mansour and our friends at Netflix on this special film,” Shahbazian said. “Having worked on some very high profile book adaptations, I’ve never before seen the fervor and passion that ‘The Selection’ fans have for the adaptation of Kiera Cass’ book series to film.”