Komixx Entertainment, the U.S. arm of British production group Komixx Media Group, has optioned worldwide rights to Philip Kerr‘s New York Times best-seller The Winter Horses.
The first young adult novel from the author of the acclaimed Berlin Noir crime books, Winter Horses is set in Ukraine in 1941. It follows a young Jewish girl trying to save two wild horses, and herself, from the Nazis. The Winter Horses was published in 2014 by Alfred A. Knopf.
Komixx’s animation studio in Manchester, England, plans to develop the book into an animated feature film.
“The Winter Horses is a very special book for me and I wanted the film rights to go to an animation company that shared the epic scale of my vision,” Kerr said in a statement. “This is one of the first times that an animated film has dealt with such an uplifting and inspiring story set during the Holocaust, and it was absolutely vital that the film-makers understood how sensitive a subject this is.”
The Winter Horses is Komixx’ latest move into the young adult market. The company is also developing projects based on teen novel The Kissing Booth and the YA thriller series Itch, among others. The fast-growing shingle has a pact with ITV Studios America to co-develop U.S. TV series.
HBO and Tom Hanks‘ shingle Playtone are adapting Kerr’s Berlin Noir trilogy into a television series, which U.K. writer Peter Straughan (Wolf Hall) will write for the small screen.