Soul Seekers, a series of young-adult novels by Alyson Noel, may be coming to a theater near you, and will feature Native actors in key roles if Arnold Rifkin has his way.
Rifkin is co-founder (with actor Bruce Willis) of Cheyenne Enterprises, which has optioned screen rights on the series of books. The storyline follows protagonist Daire Santos, a 16-year-old girl who has visions and premonitions—and who soon enough discovers she is a Soul Seeker, able to move between the world of the living and that of the dead. Daire explores her powers while living in Enchantment, New Mexico, and some of the supernatural touches in the series are pulled from American Indian lore.
“I did a lot of research into Shamanism and Native American spirituality to create the world of the Soul Seekers series,” Noel said, according to a story at Deadline.com. “In using these ancient practices and ideas as a jumping off point for the mystical world of the books, I tried to portray them in an authentic way and to do so with reverence. After meeting with producer Arnold Rifkin, and learning first hand of his personal passion for these themes, I have no doubt that he will do the same.” The report said that Rifkin is “determined to cast the films with Native American actors when appropriate.”
Hollywood observers see the four-book Soul Seekers story—of which only the first, Fated, has been published—as potential blockbuster fodder, not unlike the Twilight and Hunger Games franchises. Noel’s previous collection, the six-book Immortals, was optioned as a TV series.
The video clip below is an advertisement for the first book in the series, and not a trailer for a movie: