Warners raises 'Fear' for King, GK


Warner Bros. has preemptively picked up "School of Fear," a kidlit book proposal from Gitty Daneshvari, for an adaptation to be produced by Graham King and his GK Films banner.

The 89-page proposal details a four-part book series that tells the adventures of four 12-year-olds named Madeleine, Garrison, Lulu and Theo who attend an offbeat summer camp called School of Fear run by an elusive headmistress. The camp aims at eradicating children's phobias through unorthodox methods.

Little Brown is slated to publish the first book in fall 2009.

GK Films' Grey Rembert and Gail Lyon also are producing.

Daneshvari came up with the idea 10 years ago and worked on it while an assistant at CAA. Daneshvari then moved up the Hollywood ladder to development exec at Contrafilm where she kept plugging away at her writing, finally leaving her post about a year ago to pursue a full-time writing career.

Daneshvari gave the proposal to a former colleague at CAA, at that time an assistant but since then elevated to agent, who passed it on to an agent. The hand-off garnered her representation, a book deal and finally the movie deal.

Daneshvari is repped by CAA, the Gernert Co., and attorney Howard Abramson.