Kelly Thompson’s The Girl Who Would Be King Has Been Optioned For Film

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Kelly Thompson, who wrote a fantastic essay for us on how fictional characters like Buffy inspired her to write her own fiction, has just found out one of her characters is on the first step to the silver screen.

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io9.c0m revealed Thompsons’ novel The Girl Who Would Be King has been optioned for a feature film. Thompson, also author of Storykiller (both of which were hugely successful on Kickstarter), spoke with them about the news.

We had a lot of interest in the book. I think we had at least half a dozen legitimate companies (by which I mean companies that even someone like me could instantly recognize) inquiring about the rights. We also had some more intimate interest from writers and smaller producers, a couple film agents also came calling. It was all rather overwhelming but in a completely badass way.

Logan [Pictures] was the right fit for a lot of reasons. I liked them right off, and their vision for the book. I also liked that they weren’t a huge studio. It’s super flattering if a major studio is interested of course, but I worried that a small book like TGWWBK and one that was a little risky (lots of violence, female superheroes) might get lost among hundreds of other interesting and perhaps less complicated projects they had in the hopper. I felt confident in talking to Nick Moceri at Logan that they were genuinely passionate about the project, that we shared the same goals and vision, and that it would be a high priority for them. All of that has remained true and I feel very lucky that they’re my partners in this adventure.

As for her general thoughts on the huge news Thompson said, “It’s incredibly exciting with a certain measure of terror mixed in.”

Find out more about Thompson’s book (its sequel) and the film project at io9.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."