Paramount Pictures is developing a big-screen adaptation of Tony DiTerlizzi’s 2010 bestseller “The Search for WondLa” but fans of the fantasy adventure have already turned their sights to the second bookshelf installment, ”A Hero for WondLa,” which arrives in May.
Writer and artist DiTerlizzi (who also tapped into a magical success as co-creator of ”The Spiderwick Chronicles“) has agreed to open up his sketchbook for Hero Complex readers and in the photo gallery above you’ll find not only the finished cover but also pieces that show earlier-stage concept work and sketches.
The first “WondLa” book presented a young girl named Eva Nine who may or may not be the last human in a world inhabited by alien life. That book ended with Eva’s arrival at a colony called New Attica and some major discoveries in her quest for community and identity.
“The second book picks up, literally, the next day,” DiTerlizzi said. “I always liked that as a kid. I always feel a little disoriented when I pick up the next chapter of a book and a serious amount of time has passed. So I really wanted this one to pick up right away with an ’…and then this happened’ approach. In the first book it dealt with a lot of the world-building and it set the stage and asked a lot of questions. The second book will immediately answer most of the questions asked in the first book before you’re even halfway through. It will also present all the bigger issues that will take us through the end of the story. The first one was really a story about understanding family and the meaning of having someone love you and care for you. Now that Eva kind of has an understanding of that, this book has her truly starting to becoming a mythical hero of her own tale.”
– Geoff Boucher
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