20th century fox purchased the film rights for the young adult fantasy novel Young Elites, a book by author Marie Lu who was also responsible for the legend novels. Young Elites centers on a young woman who survives a deadly illness, she later develops strange powers along with a select few who are labeled as malfettos and targeted by the Inquisition axis. Fox is interested in jump-starting another potential YA film franchise and Young Elites could be a unique film that spawns an interesting series if the property is handled well.
Here's the synopsis for the first novel:
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
The novel blends multiple elements to create a renaissance Italy like atmosphere that is mysterious and beautiful at the same time. The book can best be described as a mix of Assassins Creed, X-men, and Game of thrones and this is fairly accurate description of the novel since it contains alot of similar elements from each of those mediums. The book is similar to X-men since it focuses on a group of people with powers who are hunted and persecuted. There are those who are support Young Elites and there are those who would kill them on sight or turn them in. The book has a Game of thrones vibe since many of the characters are killed off in the novel and since the story revolves around some kind of power struggle.
Adelina Amouteru seems like one of the most interesting characters in this novel and could become one of the best female protagonists in a feature film. Right off the bat you can sense that she struggles with her transformation and new found powers. She doesn't get the same attention her sister gets from her father, Her sister is more pampered and loved by the father since she fits his image of a perfect daughter. Adelina on the other hand is abused by her father who plays with her emotions in an attempt to get her to use her powers. Every time Adelina thinks her father is trying to connect with her, He is simply trying to provoke a response that will trigger her abilities. Ironic that her father is later killed in an accident when she accidentally uses her powers ( at least the dad got what he wanted ). Adelina harbors alot of suppressed anger and rage because she is tired of being used, manipulated, and abused ( her father being the biggest offender). She also has an inner-conflict about beauty since she is usually seen as hideous compared to her sister and mocked by her father who says that no one will ever love her. She also has issues trusting people, but Enzo manages to change her mind when he and other Young Elites rescue her from being burned at the stake like a witch, which makes Adelina feel like she actually matters for once. Adelina can best be described as paranoid, vengeful, funny, conflicted, analytical, subdued, and introverted. At one point, she kills someone in the novel in the most brutal way possible, It's gruesome and effectively illustrates the dark path that she is travelling down. Overall, Adelina is the perfect protagonist for an audience to connect with and if Fox can portray this character and her world properly then Young Elites could become one of the best YA film franchises.