Paul Feig to direct ‘The School For Good And Evil’ adaptation for Netflix
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Paul Feig to direct ‘The School For Good And Evil’ adaptation for Netflix

Netflix has landed yet another major coup by securing Paul Feig who will direct their upcoming adaptation of Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling debut novel The School For Good And Evil.

Feig, famed for his work on projects such as A Simple FavorGhostbusters, Spy and more, has teamed up with Life of Pi writer David Magee who has adapted the screenplay based on the critically acclaimed book by Chainani.

“Best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where fairytale legacies go to school: the School for Good and Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains,” the official film synopsis reads. “With her princess ambitions, Sophie knows she’ll be picked for the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her grim aesthetic and wicked cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.

“Yet soon the girls find their fortunes reversed: Sophie is dropped into the School for Evil, Agatha into the School for Good. But what if the mistake is the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are? Their friendship will be put to the test in this thrilling and comedic story where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.”

With a large and prolific team working on the project, Joe Roth, Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, Jane Startz, and Feigco’s Paul Feig and Laura Fischer have all been confirmed as producers while Zack Roth, Patricia Riggen and Soman Chainani will be on Executive Producer duties.

Speaking about the film, Feig said: “I’m truly excited to bring this amazing, touching, funny and empowering world that Soman created in his wonderful books to life.  I feel like a frog that just turned into a prince.”

Soman Chainani added: “To have one of your favourite directors adapt your book into a film for Netflix is an honour and a dream. Paul Feig is a brilliant filmmaker and a master of tone — a perfect fit for the twists and turns of The School For Good And Evil. I have no doubt that he will make a true fairy tale classic.”