Kubo and the Two Strings Screenwriter to Adapt Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Marc Haimes, who co-wrote Laika and Focus Features’ Kubo and the Two Strings, is adapting Kelly Barnhill’s coming-of-age story The Girl Who Drank the Moon for Fox Animation. The book, about a girl accidentally fed moonlight and then raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, will be a live-action/animation hybrid.

Barnhill shared the news on Twitter:

Here’s the full story of The Girl Who Drank the Moon:

Every year, to keep themselves from harm, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to an unseen witch. In reality, the witch rescues the children, delivering them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest.

While on the journey one year, the witch, Xan, accidentally feeds moonlight to a baby, filling her with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own, with the help of a wise swamp monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon.

As Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions begin to flock nearby. A volcano quiet for centuries rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl…

We can’t wait to see those deadly birds, and hope that the film captures their “menacing beauty” the same way the book cover did

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