According to Paul Feig, there were several years of struggle to get Soman Chainani’s massive School for Good and Evil world scripted, and that was before he even got involved.
“The book is so powerful – the first book – there are so many things happening. It was several years in development before it even came to me and I know they struggled with that. And then when it came to me, it was in pretty good shape,” the director told Screen Rant. Although the script was in good shape, Feig helped move things along, adding things he appreciated as a fan of the books and including Chainani in the process.
“I went in and kept working, and then after I finished reading the books I said, ‘Oh, I actually think it would be fun to put this in,’ and worked very closely with Soman to make sure I did got the most important things fans of the books would want, but also making a movie that didn’t require knowing the books to bring a whole new audience to it,” he said.
Feig continued to involve Chainani in the film-making process, stressing that he wanted the film to stand on its own without requiring any prior knowledge of the source material. Viewers can judge for themselves whether that’s true by going to Netflix.