The CW Developing V.E. Schwab’s City of Ghosts Into Series

This is not the only literary adaptation in the works at The CW.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

We love City of Ghosts, V.E. Schwab’s middle grade series about a girl who can see ghosts who is dragged to the most haunted places in the world by her ghost-hunter TV personality parents. Now, it’s in development to get a CW TV adaptation!

According to Variety, The CW is developing the novel that will be a series as a TV show. If eventually picked up, the series will be a one-hour drama. Notably, The CW has aged protagonist Cassidy Blake up to the network’s key demo age. In the books, Cassidy is 12; in the proposed CW adaptation, she will be college-aged.

According to the news announcement, Cassidy moves to Scotland not with her parents, but to study paranormal psychology at the University of Edinburgh “in hopes of learning more about her strange connection to the afterlife.” While in Scotland, she meets the “enigmatic” Dr. Barrow, while also learning thaty her gift is more powerful than she realized.

Further reading: For V.E. Schwab, Vengeful Was a Struggle Worth the Effort

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Karen Wyscarver and Sanford Golden are attached as writers and executive producers for the project. They have previously worked on Taken, NCIS: New Orleans, and Bones. Pretty Little Liars creator/showrunner I. Marlene King is also on board as an executive producer, alongside Long Lake Media’s Lauren Wagner.

As always, City of Ghosts isn’t the only show currently in development at The CW… it’s not even the only literary adaptation… it’s not even the only literary adaptation for an author we love here at Den of Geek. The CW is also reportedly developing an adaptation of The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss’ feminist reimagining of some of western literature’s most classic canon.

Now can we have our Villains series TV adaptation, please? Syfy, we’re looking at you for this one.

More news on the City of Ghosts TV series, and CW’s other projects in development, as we hear it. 

City of Ghosts is now available for order via Amazon and your local independent bookstore.

Kayti Burt is a staff editor covering books, TV, movies, and fan culture at Den of Geek. Read more of her work here or follow her on Twitter @kaytiburt.

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