It seems like every film based on a popular YA novel with even a hint of romance (see also: The Hunger Games) is being touted as a possible successor to Summit’s The Twilight Saga, but David Heyman‘s adaptation of Erin Morgenstern‘s The Night Circus seems like it stands a better chance than most of actually living up to that promise.

Heyman was the producer who optioned J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books for the big screen and spun it into a multi-billion-dollar franchise, after all, so Morgenstern’s dueling-magician fantasy should be right up his alley. And to bring that story to life, he’s now hired a writer who’s had a bit of experience depicting painful longing: Jane Eyre scribe Moira Buffini. More details after the jump.

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David Heyman is the man who brought Harry Potter to the big screen. It was he who took a chance on a young author named J.K. Rowling and her story about a young boy wizard and introduced it to Hollywood. That seemed to work out as he’s coming off the eighth and final film of the multi-billion dollar franchise and is now looking for his next major property. That property might be another one about young people and magic: The Night Circus, based on an upcoming book by Erin Morgenstern. The film is set up at Summit and Heyman is nearing a deal to produce. Read more about the book and deal after the jump. Read More »

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