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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab Is Getting A Film Adaptation

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BY October 3, 2020

Just days away from the release of her stunning standalone novel The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, author V.E. Schwab has announced that she has written a script for an upcoming film adaptation of the book. The rights have been picked up by Studio eOne, who have produced films like 1917 and Queen and Slim. This is only one of the many adaptations of Schwab’s novels currently in the works. Her bestselling Shades of Magic series was optioned last year. At the time that series was potentially going to become a movie trilogy but is now being adapted as a television show. Let’s take a look at the upcoming film adaptation of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, the book itself will officially be out on October 6, 2020.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Film Adaptation

V.E. Schwab is an incredibly cinematic author of fantasy novels. Her vivid worlds and detailed prose are rife for film and television adaptation. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue does not have quite as much action as her Shades of Magic series. But it is heavily character-driven and is sure to make for an unforgettable film.

Addie LaRue Image via Tor

The novel follows a young woman who strikes a deal with the devil to obtain her freedom from the life prescribed for her. This dark god grants her immortality. But he also curses her to be forgotten by everyone she knows, or will meet over the course of 300 years. The two of them wage a silent war of wills across the centuries. Addie attempts to leave her mark by inspiring artists and writers, becoming an invisible muse. One day she meets a young man named Henry who remembers her after their first encounter. Their fates become entangled and the jealous god who wants Addie for himself is always lurking in the shadows. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a beautiful love story, and a meditation on identity, memory, and the legacies we leave behind.

A Multi-Period Character-Driven Story

Addie LaRue Book Plates Artist credits: Iryna Khymych | • Rengin Tümer | • Nicole Deal | | Image via MacMillan Books

The story follows Addie throughout the centuries, as she lives through war and and poverty and does whatever she must to survive. She starts in a small village in France in the 1700’s and her journey takes her around the world. This allows for a film adaptation to act as a period piece in a way, depicting various time periods and locations over centuries. The fact that Schwab herself is writing the screenplay is also promising, allowing for a hopefully faithful adaptation that remains true to the heart of the story. This is Schwab’s first time writing a movie. But given her exceptional skills in writing both character and action we doubt that it will be the last.

Gerard Butler’s production company G-Base will bring us the film adaptation of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. This is also the same company that optioned the rights to Shades of Magic. Alan Siegel and Danielle Robinson will produce the film. There is no casting news as of yet. But we will be sure to keep you updated when we learn more.

To stay up to date, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today. Check out our review of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue on sale from Tor Books on October 6, 2020.


Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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