Summit Entertainment is currently in negotiations to acquire the rights to a young-adult book series by Andrew Klavan called Homelanders. The film adaptation is being set up to be produced Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, who's worked on a ton of big budget films like Transformers.
Klavin isn’t new to selling his novels to Hollwood, both Clint Eastwood's True Crime and Michael Douglas’ Don’t Say a Word films were adapted from his novels. Homlanders is his first book series written for a younger audience though.
The story is described as being in the tone of The Bourne Identity crossed with Disturbia, and it centers on a high school student who wakes up to find himself tied to a chair, not knowing where he is or how a whole year has passed. After he manages to escape, he embarks on an adventure to find out why terrorists and the authorities are after him.
The first book, The Homelanders: The Last Thing I Remember, was published last year by Thomas Nelson's Books, and the second, The Homelanders: The Long Way Home, hit stores in February. The third book, The Homelanders: The Truth of the Matter, is due in November.
Here is the official book description of the first book in the series:
Charlie West just woke up in someone else’s nightmare. He’s strapped to a chair. He’s covered in blood and bruises. He hurts all over. And a strange voice outside the door just ordered his death. The last thing he can remember, he was a normal high-school kid doing normal things–working on his homework, practicing karate, daydreaming of becoming an air force pilot, writing a pretty girl’s number on his hand. How long ago was that? Where is he now? Who is he really? And more to the point . . . how is he going to get out of this room alive?
This seems like something Summit would want to acquire. They have a huge young adult market built up around the Twilight franchise, and they're going to keep picking up projects that appeal to this market. The story really isn't anything we have seen done before, it will just be made to a younger audience.
What do you all think about this book series being adapted?