Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Universal adapting "young adult" sci-fi novel

Rather than taking taking movies meant for adults, and watering them down to be suitable for young adults, maybe the studios should make movies that are geared towards that age group to begin with, right?
Well, Universal Pictures is doing that in the form of a movie adaptation of Josin L. McQuein's upcoming young adults novel, "Arclight".  They are also working on adapting a supernatural novel by Julie Kagawa.
Brian Grazer from Imagine Entertainment and Pouya Shahbasian of New Leaf Literary & Media will be producing the film that will have  scripted done by Matthew Sand, while Erica Huggins and Sarah Bowen of Imagine will exec produce.  The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, and follows the adventures of a teen with no memory who arrives at a settlement that's protected by Arclight.
McQuein was paid $500,000.00 by Greenwillow Books in 2011 for a two book deal.  "Arclight" will be in books stores April 23rd of this year.
Hopefully, this will start a trend that will give young adults suitable entertainment without having to knock an R rated movie down to PG-13.

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