The Night Circus Movie Gets Director

Patti Cake$ director Geremy Jasper signs on to direct the film adaptation of Erin Morgenstern's fantasy novel The Night Circus.

The Night Circus Movie Director & Book Cover

Popular fantasy novel The Night Circus is getting the film feature treatment! According to Deadline, Geremy Jasper (Patti Cake$) has signed on to direct the adaptation for Lionsgate, with Harry Potter producer David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford on board to produce.

Written by Erin Morgenstern (over the course of three NaNoWriMos!), The Night Circus is the story of two dueling magicians and the young people who get pulled into their epic, generations-long struggle for dominance that occurs mostly at the Night Circus, aka Le Cirque des Rêves.

The two magicians in question are called Prospero the Enchanter, aka Hector Bowen, and “the man in the grey suit,” aka Mr. A. H—, and the young people who act as their proxies are Bowen’s six-year-old daughter Celia and a nine-year-old orphan called Marco Alisdair. When Celia and Marco fall in love, the competition becomes that much more complicated.

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To be honest, I’m surprised it took this long for this book to hit active screen adaptation development. Not only was the book very buzzworthy and popular when it was released in 2011—it spent seven weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list—but it’s a book with vivid descriptions and stylish aesthetics. Also, the cover is great.

The current draft of the script was penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker, with previous drafts written by Moira Buffini and Patrick Ness. More news on what The Night Circus movie might look like, including casting, when it becomes available.

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.