Berlin 2012: Jeff Norton Sells Teen Sci-Fi Script to British Banner Multistory Films (Exclusive)
Outer space-set drama to be produced by Emma Biggins, who is participating in the Berlinale Talent Campus 2012.
BERLIN — Producer Emma Biggins has snared movie rights from writer-director Jeff Norton, the former svp at publishing giant Chorion, to a sci-fi teen thriller entitled The Calling.
Biggins and Norton will work together to develop the idea — described as The Breakfast Club meets Moon — into a full-blown movie script for Biggins' production label Multistory Films.
The film tells the story of five teenage strangers who wake up in a high-tech prison only to discover they are on a manmade spaceship hurtling toward a trial for humanity's future.
Norton, who spearheaded movie and television exploitation while at Chorion, the entertainment company that owns such characters as Mr Men, Noddy and those created by Beatrix Potter, is drawing on his experience to develop a script for teenagers.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter his idea "plays to a broad, teen-based audience with a solid, sci-fi crossover."
Multistory Films is in Berlin for the festival with founder Biggins taking part in the Talent Campus at the fest.
Biggins describes Norton's efforts as "a thrilling high-concept script" and says he has brought "a solid vision for realizing this onscreen."
Norton says the script is about five complex young people who are put in a situation where they find themselves making hard and ultimately frightening decisions.
Biggins' debut producer feature was revenge horror film The Harsh Light of Day, written and directed by Oliver S. Milburn and scheduled to debut in March at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, Calif.
It will roll out in British theaters via Left Films in April.