Dystopian Tale 'The Detainee' Lands at Thunder Road (Exclusive)
'Maze Runner' scribe Grant Pierce Myers has been tapped to adapt Peter Liney's dystopian novel — described as 'Hunger Games' for older adults.
Basil Iwanyk's Thunder Road and Film House Germany have optioned the film rights to The Detainee, British playwright Peter Liney's debut novel about an island where the elderly are exiled by a younger generation blaming them for the ruin of society.
Grant Pierce Myers will adapt for the big screen. Myers also adapted the YA dystopian novel The Maze Runner, which became a sleeper hit at the box office last fall, grossing north of $340 million worldwide.
Set in the near future, The Detainee stands apart from recent glut of dystopian films by making the heroes older adults. The story follows "Big Guy" Clancy, who along with the rest of society's "waste," has been shipped to the island, a desolate outpost where satellites mete out instant punishment on those who break the rules or try to escape. Worse are the nights when fog prevents the satellites from working, and young gangs conduct terrifying raids. But when Clancy encounters a younger blind woman living in a secret network of underground tunnels, there is suddenly a chance for the elderly to fight back.
Iwanyk will produce alongside Christian Angermayer of Film House German, with Erica Lee overseeing for Thunder Road. The deal for for film rights was negotiated by Penny Karlin of The Karlin Connection, literary manager Daniaile Jarry of Open Entertainment and Thunder Road's Jonathan Fuhrman.
The Detainee is the first book in a trilogy, with the second title, Into the Fire, hitting book stands earlier this month.
Grant is repped by Paradigm, Gotham/Principal and Gregg Gellman.