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Universal has tapped “Breaking Bad” scribe Gennifer Hutchison to adapt fantasy actioner “The Red Queen.”

Hutchison was nominated Thursday for a Writers Guild of America award for the “Confessions” episode on the AMC drama series. She was also nominated as one the seven writers for the “Breaking Bad” nomination for the WGA drama series award. The series received the best drama Emmy in September.

Universal optioned the book from author Victoria Aveyard in May. Benderspink and Pouya Shazbazian will produce. Christopher Cosmos will also produce in some capacity.

The first in a trilogy, “Red Queen” is set in a fantasy world where society is divided by the color of blood. It features a 17-year-old girl who, to save her family, must assume the role of a long lost princess while secretly aiding a revolution.

With still over a year before publication, “Red Queen” has already sold into 16 different languages.

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