'The School for Good and Evil' by Soman Chainani '08 Adapted for Netflix

BY Felix van Kann, July 2, 2020

The School for Good and Evil, the first book of a fairytale fantasy novel series written by film alumnus Soman Chainani '08, will be adapted into a feature film by Netflix. The project will be directed by Paul Feig while Chainani will serve as an executive producer. 


The School For Good and Evil was published in 2013 as Chainani’s first novel and marks the first of a six-book series that has so far sold more than 2.5 million copies and has been translated into 30 languages. Each book has debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. The sixth and final installment of the series will be released this year by HarperCollins.  


The book follows the adventures of best friends Sophie and Agatha at the School for Good and Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairytale heroes and villains. Sophie has princess aspirations and expects to be picked for the School for Good and Agatha seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil. Yet soon the girls find their fortunes reversed, putting their friendship to a test.


A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University’s MFA Film Program, Chainani began his career as a screenwriter and director, with his films playing at over 150 film festivals around the world. He has been nominated for the Waterstone Prize for Children’s Literature, named to the Out100, and also received the $100,000 Shasha Grant and the Sun Valley Writer’s Fellowship, both for debut writers.

Watch Chainani's official announcement below.