Universal Studios has decided to drop development of Wicked Lovely, an adaption of Melissa Marr’s best-selling series of novels. The film was the project of Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Picture Shows Productions and had Mary Harron attached as a director and Caroline Thompson working on the screenplay.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio was passing because it felt that “the project doesn’t suit their needs.” That’s a curious statement, as I think right now, the kind of project that Universal needs is one that would be a hit. Actually, it could use quite a few of those types of projects. And Wicked Lovely, with a story centering on a teenage girl who has the ability to see into the fairy world around us, sounds like it could appeal to the Twilight crowd who will be looking for something new after that film franchise wraps up later next year.
This is the second project that Universal has dumped this week. Earlier this week, they cut loose Ouija, one of the films being developed as part of a deal with toy manufacturer Hasbro. Other recent projects that the studio has passed on include Clue and Guillermo del Toro’s At The Mountains Of Madness.