GK Films has pre-emptively acquired the feature rights to The 5th Wave, a sci-fi trilogy that young adult novelist Rick Yancey is planning. Variety provides the logline: “Series follows a teenage girl who survives an alien invasion only to then search for her brother, who may or may not have been abducted by human-looking extra-terrestrials.” Naturally, romance is involved, as a cute* boy helps our heroine in her search. But there’s a twist: he may be an alien in disguise.
Yancey is best known in the YA world for the Alfred Kropp fantasy series—Warner Bros. picked up those rights in 2005, but it’s unclear what the status is on the movie now. In the last two years, Yancey published another trilogy that starts with The Monstrologist, the rights to which are also being shopped around. The 5th Wave is housed at Tobey Maguire‘s Material Pictures. Maguire and Material’s Matthew Plouffe will produce alongside GK heads Graham King and Tim Headington (Hugo). GK and Material are also partners in the development of Outback, a sci-fi actioner led by Carey Mulligan that Gary Ross will direct.
*The report doesn’t specify “cute.” I’m just assuming.