DreamWorks Acquires Nic Kelman’s GENNERIS; Fox to Adapt SHATTER ME

     March 21, 2011

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We have a couple of acquisition stories to bring your way tonight. First up, DreamWorks has purchased Nic Kelman’s original spec script Genneris. Details on the script are sparse as Variety goes only so far as to describe Genneris as a “high-concept sci-fi film” (based on that alone, sign me up). Although this is Kelman’s first script sale, the scribe previously penned the controversially sex-fueled novel girls back in 2003.

Next up, 20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to adapt Tahereh Mafi’s young adult novel Shatter Me. Scheduled to hit bookshelves this fall, Variety reports that Shatter Me is set in a dystopian world and centers on a 17-year-old girl who is thrown in the slammer for “possessing a fatal touch.” As the story goes, the girl must choose between giving up her power or using it to save a world that is on the fast track to ruin. Shatter Me is the first novel by the 23-year-old Mafi. By my count, she currently holds a 1:1 ratio of books written to film rights purchased. Not too shabby.

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