As exclusively reported by Variety, Netflix will adapt The Selection, the first novel of Kiera Cass’ popular five-book young adult series of the same name. The film will be directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, best known for her films Wadjda and Mary Shelley. The synopsis of the 2012 novel states:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
The Selection was previously adapted by The CW twice, with two separate pilots with different casts, but neither was picked up to series. This film has been in the works since 2015 after The CW passed on the project. There is no word yet on casting or a release date for the film. For more information on The Selection and Cass’ other novels, check out her official website.