Weinstein Co. Adapting 'Haunting of Sunshine Girl' Web Series Into Book, Film Franchise (Exclusive)
Paige McKenzie, who stars on the paranormal show, will lead the YA film adaptation, and the first book is planned for spring 2015.
The Weinstein Co. has closed a multiplatform deal to adapt popular web series The Haunting of Sunshine Girl into both a YA book and a film franchise.
The web series, which has gotten more than 60 million views since 2010, follows a quirky teen named Sunshine who, shortly after her 16th birthday, moves with her mother from Texas to Washington state. She soon discovers that her new home is haunted. The show features hand-held footage as the teen films ghost interactions, creepy paranormal activity and even a couple of appearances by zombies.
The web series, based on a concept by Nick Hagen and starring Paige McKenzie, averages 5 million views per month, and has more than 100,000 subscribers on YouTube.
McKenzie, the star and writer of the web series, will star in the film adaptation. Nick Hagen and Mercedes Rose are attached as producers, with Mollie Glick of Foundry Media as an executive producer. McKenzie, who has appeared in one other feature film (indie The Falls: Testament of Love) is repped by Option Model and Media and Davoli Law Firm.
McKenzie and Hagen also will work with YA writer Alyssa Sheinmel (The Beautiful Between) on the young adult book series. Plans are to release the first book from Weinstein Books -- a partnership between The Weinstein Co. and The Perseus Books Group -- in spring 2015.
"The Haunting of Sunshine Girl has all the ingredients to become a success on the screen and the page, in the young-adult world and beyond. We were blown away by the talent of young Paige McKenzie, and the brilliant, spooky world she has brought to life with her warm, relatable protagonist, aptly named Sunshine," said Harvey and Bob Weinstein, co-chairmen of The Weinstein Co.