January 10, 2014 3:08pm PT by Borys Kit
Fox in Talks to Pick Up James Frey's 'Endgame'
20th Century Fox is in talks to preemptively pick up the screen rights to Endgame, the first wholly written YA novel by A Million Little Pieces writer James Frey since the author launched his intellectual property company, Full Fathom Five, in 2009.
A potential deal could come together just weeks after the author quietly closed a big deal for the book, which is intended to be a series, with Harper Collins.
Sources say the deal is worth north of $2.5 million and include Frey writing the screenplay. The best-selling writer's fame was tarnished after allegations arose that certain elements were exaggerated in his memoir A Million Little Pieces.
There is a Google component to the deal as well, although those details were not revealed.
The plot for Endgame is being kept under wraps, although it was described as Hunger Games-like in tone by several sources.
Frey’s Full Fathom Five is intended to be a multiplatform IP generator and saw the author co-create works using a factory-like approach of hiring others to co-write the books. The Lorien Legacies, also known as the I Am Number Four book series, is the company's highest profile issue.
But with Endgame, Frey will be the sole credited writer.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story said that Warner Bros. was bidding on the book.