Director Sharon Lewis will start shooting a film of Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson this fall. Produced by urbansoul inc, it tells the story of a dystopian Toronto where Ti-Jeanne is chafing under Mami hergrandmother’s overprotective rules. Mami refuses to loosen her hold on Ti-Jeanne until she “sees” her protector spirit, Jab Jab. Ti-Jeanne rejects the spirits and when Tony comes on the scene she falls fast and hard. Ti-Jeanne runs off with Tony to forge a life in the harsh reality of the Burn. A heart wrenching event forces Ti-Jeanne to “see” her spirit and return home…a grown woman.
Film rights to Joelle Charbonneau’s N.E.E.D., the story of small-town teenagers drawn deep into a social-networking site that promises to grant their every need, regardless of the consequences., to Merced Media and Benderspink, by Sean Daily of Hotchkiss and Associates for Stacia Decker.
Film rights to Matthew McBride’s FRANK SINATRA IN A BLENDER, the story of a PI and enthusiastic alcoholic (who’s trying to cut out coffee) working a robbery case that went sideways while also caring for his pet Yorkie, Frank Sinatra, to screenwriter Mike McCrary, by Stacia Decker.
Universal has optioned The Wolf’s Hour, a novel by Robert McCammon, Chris Morgan and Emile Gladstone to produce and the script written by Bradley and Kevin Marcus. Read more about the deal here.
Michael Gallatin is a British spy with a peculiar talent: the ability to transform himself into a wolf. Although his work in North Africa helped the Allies win the continent in the early days of World War II, he quit the service when a German spy shot his lover in her bed.
Paramount Pictures has acquired The Testing, a novel by Joelle Charbonneau. Deal got made last night, with no producer attached, and it was Peter Kang’s first acquisition since moving to the studio from Fox. The book will be published this week and already has been named a #1 Indie Next 2013 Summer YA Pick and one of the Top 10 Young Adult Books for Summer by USA Today. Foreign publishing rights have already been sold in the UK, France, Israel, Korea, The Netherlands, Turkey, and Germany.