Previously, Al Mansour also worked with Netflix for 2018’s “Nappily Ever After”.
Streaming giant Netflix is set to adapt Kiera Cass’ popular book series The Selection with Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour on board to direct the feature.
Published in 2012, the book is set in a dystopian future where 35 girls are selected to move to a royal palace and compete for a prince’s heart.
The Selection is the first in a five-book series and has sold more than 11m copies around the world, according to Variety.
Di Novi and “Divergent” franchise’s Pouya Shahbazian will produce the film, while Margaret French Isaac will serve as executive producer.
Al-Mansour is Saudi Arabia’s first female director. In 2011, she shot her debut, Wadjda, hiding in the back of a van. She followed that up with Mary Shelley and The Perfect Candidate.
Commenting on the film, producer Denise Di Novi told Variety: “We are thrilled to be working with Netflix and bringing these beloved books to life for the extraordinarily loyal and passionate fan base. The author Kiera Cass has created a spellbinding fantasy whose message of empowerment and authenticity is more relevant today than ever.”