Universal has optioned the rights to Egg & Spoon, the next book from Wicked author Gregory Maguire. THR broke the news, stating that Marc Platt, who produced the Wicked Broadway show, is attached to produce the adaptation under his Marc Platt Productions banner.
Egg & Spoon, which is set to hit U.S. shelves on September 9, tells the story a young girl who lives in the poor Russian countryside. “She lives a hard life, fending for herself and her sick mother. But then a train arrives, carrying untold wealth and a noble family which includes a girl of her age. The two girls’ lives collide, setting a grand adventure — involving mistaken identity and a prince traveling incognito — in motion.”
Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West has proven to be incredibly successful, with its Tony Award-winning Broadway adaptation now in its 10th year. Universal and Platt are also teaming up to bring Wicked to the big screen, a film that is to be directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close).
For more details on Egg & Spoons plot, here’s Amazon’s synopsis for Gregory Maguire’s yet-to-be-released novel:
Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. Her brothers have been conscripted into the Tsar’s army and taken as servants in the house of the local wealthy landowner. Her mother is dying, slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no food. But then a train arrives in the village, a train carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family destined to visit the Tsar in St. Petersburg— a family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena’s age. When the two girls’ lives collide, an adventure is set in motion, an adventure that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and—in a starring role only Gregory Maguire could have conjured—Baba Yaga, the witch of Russian folklore, in her moving house perched on chicken legs.