Per THR, MRC and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way are teaming up to adapt THE SHINING GIRLS, written by Lauren Beukes and generating buzz as one of this summer’s must-reads. The two companies, however, are not aiming for a feature adaptation but rather intend to develop the project for television. It's a wicked sounding novel that goes a little something like this:
The novel tells the story of a serial killer named Harper Curtis who discovers a house in Depression-era Chicago that allows him to time travel through the decades. To keep traveling, he must kill “shining girls,” girls burning bright with talent and potential. One of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and teams up with an ex-homicide reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times in order to bring the killer to justice.
While Beukes' novel doesn't hit shelves until June 4th, it's already generating plenty of praise for its mix of historical fiction, gritty crime and sci-fi elements. Hell yes! Sign me up! Sounds like a fantastic read and a potentially great TV series; especially with the success we've seen shows having that aren't afraid to get a little bit of blood on their hands.