Selection, The: YA Novel to Big Screen with Thea Sharrock (Me Before You) Directing

Fresh off the success of Me Before You, director Thea Sharrock is attached to helm an adaptation of the young adult novel The Selection for Warner.

 Written by Kiera Cass, The Selection is a 2012 book about America Singer, one of 35 women chosen to compete for a prince’s affections. The protagonist is torn between the opulence of royal life, and a secret relationship she was involved in before the competition started. Scribe Katie Lovejoy adapted the book to screenplay.

DiNovi Pictures’ Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan are producing for Warner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Julia Spiro is overseeing the project for the studio.

 Sharrock’s romantic drama Me Before You, which stars Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin, has over-performed at the box office. With a budget of $20 million, its domestic totals have already topped $41 million.

Me Before You was Sharrock’s feature film directorial debut.

She previously worked primarily in British theatre, and also the BBC miniseries “The Hollow Crown” in which she directed Tom Hiddleston in the chapter “Henry V.”