‘How To Become The Dark Lord (& Die Trying)’ In The Works At Legendary Television From Adam Wingard

EXCLUSIVE: Legendary Television has landed the rights to Django Wexler’s fantasy novel How to Become the Dark Lord (and Die Trying) and is developing it with Godzilla vs Kong director Adam Wingard.

The company snapped up the rights to the book in a competitive battle.

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Wingard has history with Legendary, having directed Godzilla vs Kong and well as upcoming film Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire. He will produce with his manager Jeremy Platt (Hap & Leonard).

How to Become the Dark Lord (and Die Trying) will be published on May 21, 2024, by science-fiction imprint Orbit.

It follows a young woman from our modern world who finds herself stuck in a time loop within a realm ruled by the Dark Lord. Tired of dying over and over, she finally decides to stage a revolution and become the Dark Lord herself.

Wexler is the author of The Shadow Campaigns, The Forbidden Library, and The Wells of Sorcery as well as his latest, Emperor of Ruin. He is repped by Seth Fishman at The Gernert Company and Grandview.

In addition to the Godzilla franchise, Wingard is working on a sequel to Face/Off, which he is set to co-write and direct. He is also behind movies including You’re Next and The Guest. He is repped by Grandview and CAA.

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