Brad Pitt, Warner Bros Team to Adapt Sci-Fi YA Novel 'Illuminae' (Exclusive)

The book is drawing praise for the unique way it tells its story. The format is like a dossier of found documents, texts, instant messages, ship schematics, casualty lists and classified files.
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Warner Bros. and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment have teamed up to adapt Illuminae, a new YA sci-fi novel from award-winning authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Pitt will produce along with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

The book just hit shelves in October, drawing rave reviews for its unique take on the genre and landing immediately on the New York Times Young Adult Hardcover Bestseller list in its first week.

Told through a dossier of found documents, texts, instant messages, ship schematics, casualty lists and classified files, the story tells of a teenage hacker and her fighter pilot ex-boyfriend, struggling with their broken relationship while they unearth a conspiracy surrounding an intergalactic war that has them dealing with an enemy race, rogue artificial intelligence and a deadly virus (whew!).

Kaufman is the acclaimed co-author behind Starbound Trilogy, which is currently in development at MGM Television. Kristoff is the author of the bestselling Lotus War fantasy series. Both live in Australia. 

Plan B sparked to the material after seeing an early manuscript. The shingle isn’t afraid of taking on off-beat material. For example, it is developing an adaptation of Important Artifacts, a book by Leanne Shapton that took the form of an auction catalog as it detailed the rise and fall of a relationship.

A search for writers to adapt Illuminae will now begin.

Jesse Ehrman and Julia Spiro are overseeing the project for the studio. Sarah Esberg will executive produce and execute for Plan B.

The Kohner Agency repped the book on behalf of Adams Literary for Kaufman and Sanford J. Greenburger Associates for Kristoff.

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