After 10 years of living with the characters he created on the page, Soman Chinani, author of the “School of Good and Evil” series of novels, is excited to see his world come to life.
The Paul Feig-directed Netflix film “School of Good and Evil” had its premiere in Los Angeles on October 18 and began airing worldwide the next day. It follows best friends Sophie and Agatha, who find themselves on opposite sides of the modern fairy tale as they enter a magical school where young heroes and villains are trained to balance good and evil.
The cast includes Sofia Ann Caruso, Sophia Wylie, Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Flatters, Keith Young, Peter Serafinovich, Rob Delaney, Mark Heap, Patti LuPone and Rachel Bloom, along with Kerry Washington and Charlize Theron.
“You really don’t believe it comes to life like this. As a writer, your canvas is people’s imaginations, and the idea of a movie always feels like a distant fantasy. So it feels very confident when it actually happens. It feels like you’re living a little bit of a dream,” Chinani said. Difference. “Especially with this actor and this director to have this scale of a movie – they don’t make movies like this anymore, they’re original fantasy, so it’s a wild dream come true.”
The first book in the series was published in 2013. The film was in development for nine years, with Chinani himself working on a few drafts of the script. In that time, the book series has been published in more than 30 languages and the franchise has developed an international fan following. The film project finally found a home with Netflix and Feig came on board. Chinani said the conversations between him and Feig focused on what fans of the books wanted to see and how to appeal to new audiences.
“It was a collaboration between me and Paul where I gave him complete freedom to make the movie he wanted, but at the same time, we’re talking about making sure that fans of the book will love it,” Chinani said. . The author added that because of the international cast and universal themes, the film has the potential to be popular worldwide.
“The first thing about this film is that the sets are there. It’s not like a Marvel movie or these kinds of CGI movies where everything is done on green screen,” says Chinani, adding that “The School for Good and Evil” feels like a throwback to the fantasy movies he grew up with. “The Neverending Story,” “The Princess Bride” and “Labyrinth” “When I got ready, to see the school built to life, I think the audience will feel watching it, the fairy tales come true in a completely new and original way.”
There are six books in the series and two prequels. “The hope is to do more. [movies]According to Chinani, it just depends on the audience. “We might do all six movies, so it just depends on how it works out in the end.”
In the year There is a graphic novel in 2024 and with it comes the end of the “School of Good and Evil” book world. “It’s a big universe for me that can live forever, so I’m excited to move into a new world and create something different,” Chinani said.
In the year In 2021, Chinani published another bestseller, “Beast and Beauty: Dangerous Tales.” revealed by DifferenceSony’s literary-focused specialty film division has closed a rights deal to turn 3000 Pictures into a limited series.
“I am currently working on a pilot script. And the hope is to have a home for it early next year, and it will be the next big project,” Chinani said. “But since this is a TV series, it will have a different life and form. But the hope is that we will go with that next year.
Born in India, Chinani graduated from Harvard and studied film at Columbia. He directed the popular shorts “Davy and Stu” (2006) and “Kali Ma” (2007). In the year In 2011, Bollywood came calling in the form of India’s leading studio Yash Raj Films. Studio head Aditya Chopra, a big fan of “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” Chainani (“I must have seen it 100 times”), greenlights Chainani’s scripted “Love Marriage” as the studio’s first English-language film and prequels begin. In London, he prepared to lead with the writer.
“They had a year where they realized the time wasn’t right to make an English-language film, so we had to keep it. And that’s when I realized that I don’t want my work to be controlled by outside forces, and I pitched the idea of ’The School for Good and Evil’ as a film and thought, ‘I’ll try it as a film.’ book, because then I have a little more control,” Chinani said. “If I had made that film for Yash Raj, the books would never have happened.”
“Love Marriage” has been put on hold but Chinani hopes to direct the “Beast and Beauty” episode.