Universal to Adapt Fantasy Novel About Greek Gods

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to the film adaptation of Alexandra Bracken’s bestselling fantasy novel Lore. The project hails from Spider-Man: No Way Home producer Amy Pascal.

Described as The Hunger Games meets Greek mythology, the Lore movie will be written by Snake Eyes scribes Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse. The story will center around a woman who seeks revenge against those responsible for the murder of her family. The project will be produced by Bracken, with Lexi Barta and Jacqueline Garell set to oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

The book’s official synopsis reads: “Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.

“Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away any thought of revenge against the man—now a god—responsible for their deaths. Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.

“The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore’s decision to bind her fate to Athena’s and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost–and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.”