EXCLUSIVE: Ellen Shanman has been hired to adapt the female-led, sci-fi thriller which is based on the short story from author Ken Liu. The Hidden Girl is inspired by an ancient Chinese myth about a team of women assassins who are able to navigate between dimensions. Shanman, an author in her own right, most recently adapted the bestselling spy-girl book series Gallagher Girls for Paramount as well as the Japanese cult anime series Tiger & Bunny for Imagine Entertainment and Anew.
The Hidden Girl was acquired a couple of years ago by Studio 8 and is said to be in the vein of both Interstellar and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Recent acquisitions at Studio 8 includes Champion, Hypnotic, Planet Kill and, finally, Naked is the Best Disguise which has been fast-tracked, with an eye towards production this year. Jessica Switch and Chris Goldberg will oversee for Studio 8 with Rishi Rajani who first found the story.
Past screenwriting projects for Shanman include the non-fiction, New York Times‘ bestseller Nothing Daunted for Black Label Media, and YA superhero novel The Brokenhearted for New Line Cinema and Alloy Entertainment.
Shanman is also the author of two novels from Random House/Bantam Dell, Right Before Your Eyes and Everything Nice (which she adapted for Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah Productions).
One of the most prominent science fiction and fantasy authors of his generation, Liu has published over 100 stories and has won the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards – the top honors in the field. His short stories Mono No Aware, The Paper Menagerie and his epic fantasy novel The Grace of Kings are all under option to be developed for film and TV. The Grace of Kings is a 2015 Nebula Award nominee for Best Novel.
Shanman is repped by UTA and the law offices of Joan Vento Hall. Liu is repped by Angela Cheng Caplan at the Cheng Caplan Company and Russel Galen at the Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency, Inc.