Howard and fellow producers Avika Goldsman and Brian Grazer first picked up the rights in 2010 with intentions to adapt the books as trilogy of films and two companion TV series. However, they failed to entice a studio with these ambitious plans, eventually settling on a single $66 million-budgeted movie from director Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), which – perhaps understandably – failed to do justice to the source material.
Now, speaking to The Happy Sad Confused Podcast (via Dark Horizons), Howard has shared his thoughts on the movie, and where it went wrong:
“I think it should’ve been horror,” said Howard. “I think that it landed in a