Chris Colfer is set to adapt his best-selling fantasy series The Land of Stories for the big screen.
The movie will be based on the first book in the series The Wishing Spell and will be produced by 20th Century Fox and 21 Laps, the studio behind the Academy Award-winning Arrival. For his part, Colfer will not only be writing the screenplay, but also making his directorial debut with the project.
The Land of Stories series was launched in 2012 with The Wishing Spell, which the 27-year-old actor wrote during the last season of Glee.
Wishing Spell tells the story of Alex and Conner Bailey, a pair of twins who are transported into a magic book following the loss of their father. In this new world, the siblings come face-to-face with characters from all the classic fairy tales they read growing up and must fight dark forces to make it back home.
The book was an instant hit, topping the New York Times bestseller list for two weeks. From there, The Land of Stories series grew to include novels, audiobooks, illustrated picture books and an upcoming graphic novel.
Colfer first made a name for himself playing Kurt Hummel on popular TV series Glee, which garnered him a Golden Globe and several People’s Choice Awards. In the years since, he’s focused mainly on his writing, which includes not only his popular fantasy series, but also his Young Adult novels Struck by Lightning and Stranger than Fanfiction.