Robert Zemeckis and Disney looking at diving with Dark Life

It looks like studios’ love of turning young adult novels into films won’t be ending anytime soon, according to Variety.

This time, Robert Zemeckis and Disney have optioned the rights to adapt Kat Falls’ upcoming young adult novel, Dark Life. They’ll be working with the Gotham Group on the project, which sounds like equal parts Bioshock and global-warming/Iraq war allegory.

The story, according to Amazon,

follows Ty, who has lived his whole life on his family’s homestead and has dreams of claiming his own stake when he turns eighteen. But when outlaws’ attacks on government supply ships and settlements threaten to destroy the underwater territory, Ty finds himself in a fight to stop the outlaws and save the only home he has ever known. As Ty gets closer to the truth, he discovers that the outlaws may not be the bloodthirsty criminals the government has portrayed them as. And that the government abandoning the territory might be the best thing for everyone, especially for someone like Ty, someone with a Dark Gift.

Gotham bought the rights to the book earlier this year, and as of now, there are two novels planned in the series. However, it looks like Disney picking it up for production could lead to more novels.

Which just makes me more cynical about young adult literature in general.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 22:01 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink
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  1. Written by arkonbey
    on 2010-04-07 at 17:25

    Don't be cynical of young adult literature, at least speculative fiction, until you read a Garth Nix (yes, his real name) book, the Bartimaeus Trilogy, or the Mortal Engines Quartet.

    I find the Garth Nix books to be especially refreshing. While probably unfilmable, I can't read the Keys to the Kingdom books without picturing visuals by Guillermo del Toro

  2. Written by Lincoln
    on 2010-04-08 at 03:54

    It's hard for me not to be. I just see every popular series that comes across our shelves (I work at a bookstore) become a movie, and reading that more sequels will be written because of a movie deal is kind of irritating.

    However, I have read Nix, and he is good stuff. I need to read more of the actual decent YA lit.

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