YA Sci-Fi Book 'Unremembered' Acquired by 'Vampire Academy' Producers (Exclusive)
Unremembered, the first book in a YA trilogy by Jessica Brody, has been acquired by Reliance Entertainment and Kintop Pictures.
In a world where time travel and gene manipulation exist, Unremembered follows a 16-year-old girl who finds herself floating in the Pacific Ocean, following a plane crash, with no memory of her past. As speculation about her identity spreads, she is forced to piece together her forgotten history with only one clue to her identity -- a boy named Zen who claims he helped her escape from a top-secret science experiment conducted by a corporation called Diotech.
Brody's book, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of the Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, hit stores in March 2013. The second book in the series, Unforgotten, was released in stores in February 2014, and the third and final book in the trilogy will debut in February 2015.
Deepak Nayar (Vampire Academy, Paranoia, Bend it Like Beckham) and Tabrez Noorani (Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire) of Tamasha Talkies and Soumya Sundaresh of Citrusmuse are attached to produce.
"The premise of the story was very compelling with a strong central female character," says Noorani. "The book itself is action packed and well balanced to appeal to a universal audience."
Nayar and Noorani have experience in the YA adaptation realm, with Nayar producing the Vampire Academy series and teaming up on the Graceling trilogy alongside Tamasha Talkies with Blue Sky Media. Tamasha Talkies (in conjunction with Zafar Hai of Haimark Pictures) is also set to produce the film adaptation of the book Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan
Brody has sold nine novels (two adult novels and seven YA novels), including her debut The Fidelity Files, Love Under Cover and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father.
Brody was represented by Paradigm and Stankevich & Goodman on behalf of her literary agent Jim McCarthy (Dystel & Goderich). Julia Scott of Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham represented the producers.
Andy Lewis contributed to this report.