Rights Available! A Dark Twist on 'The Little Mermaid'

Alexandra Christo's 'To Kill a Kingdom,' along with Imraan Coovadia's 'A Spy in Time,' are ripe for optioning.
Courtesy of California Coldblood Books; Macmillan Publishers

A Spy in Time (California Coldblood Books, August 2018) by Imraan Coovadia
Agency: Pontas Literary & Film (Spain)

Pitched as Black Panther meets Timecop, the award-winning South African writer's forthcoming novel is about a temporal secret agent who leaps among global metropoli and from century to century to save the timeline from a shadowy cabal.

To Kill a Kingdom (Feiwel & Friends, March 6) by Alexandra Christo 
Agency: UTA

This dark twist on The Little Mermaid — a siren princess who kills human princes (she has 17 hearts so far) is transformed into a human as punishment and meets a siren-killing prince — already is going into a second printing.

This story first appeared in the Feb. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.