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Summit books film rights to 'Homelanders'

THR EXCLUSIVE

Summit Entertainment is in negotiations to acquire feature film rights to "Homelanders," a young-adult book series by Andrew Klavan. Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and his Di Bonaventura Pictures banner are coming aboard to produce the adaptation.

Klavan is known for his thrillers -- two have been given the Hollywood treatment: "True Crime," via Clint Eastwood, and "Don't Say a Word," turned into a Michael Douglas vehicle co-starring Brittany Murphy -- but this is his first series written for the young-adult market.

The story, described as being in the tone of "The Bourne Identity" crossed with "Disturbia," centers on a high school student who wakes up to find himself tied to a chair, not knowing where he is or how a whole year has passed. After he manages to escape, he embarks on an adventure to find out why terrorists and the authorities are after him.

The first book, "The Homelanders: The Last Thing I Remember," was published last year by Thomas Nelson's Books, and the second, "The Homelanders: The Long Way Home," hit stores in February. The third book is due in November.

Summit, best known as the studio that brought young vampires to the screen with its "Twilight" movies, likes staying on familiar teen terrain, regularly picking up projects with youth-skewing sensibilities. Last month, it picked up the teen thriller "Puzzle Palace," which centers on a kid who gets locked in a police station trying to steal evidence and has to escape crooked cops to get out.

David Ready is overseeing "Homelanders" for Di Bonaventura.