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The Night Circus Hasn’t Been Made Into A Movie Yet & It’s An Outrage

The Night Circus, by Erin Morganstern, is an incredible piece of fantasy literature that deserves to have been adapted into a film, but for some godforsaken reason, it hasn’t been yet. Published in 2011, the book chronicles a fantastical, magical duel that takes place in an ever-changing, ever-growing circus. I assure you, it’s as great as it sounds.

Honestly, this book has everything: witchcraft, romance, circuses, early 20th century fashion, magic clocks, duels, confusing timelines, a man named “Prospero” — what is not to love? Everything about this book lends itself to be adapted for the silver screen, but is Hollywood working on it? No, instead they’re busy making Fifty Shades Freed and Sherlock Gnomes.

The silver lining is that in 2012, Summit Entertainment bought the film & TV rights to The Night Circus, and is set to be produced by Harry Potter Producer, David Heyman and Heydey Films. And more great news! Moira Buffini was hired to write the screenplay. Fantastic! A producer familiar with fantasy, and a female writer — they’re doing it right!

But what year is it now? 2018.

And has The Night Circus been written, filmed, edited, and released?

No. It hasn’t.

Frankly, this is the biggest outrage of this year so far, and we should all be angry. The Wikipedia page for The Night Circus literally says, “As of April 2018 there is still no confirmation if a film or TV show will ever be made.” Is that any way to treat the award-winning instant cult-classic that spent seven weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List?

No. It’s not. It’s an outrage. And David Heyman, Hollywood, and The United States Congress should all be ashamed of themselves.


If we’re being perfectly honest, the movie would probably ruin the book anyway.

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Jaime currently lives in Upper Manhattan and will write for anyone who will agree to give her health insurance. @jaaaimers

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