Sam Raimi has acquired the right to the fantasy novel series Angelfall. The series was self-published by Susan Ee until Amazon came along to publish it. It sounds like an awesome story that will make for a great movie. It centers on warrior angels and one in particular that teams up with a girl who's on a journey to rescue her little sister from an angel stronghold.
Here's the official description of the book:
Six weeks after angels of the apocalypse descend to demolish the modern world, street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back… even if that means making a deal with an enemy angel Raffe, a warrior who has been left bleeding and wingless. Having only each other to rely on for survival, the two journey towards the angel's stronghold where she must risk everything to rescue her sister and he must decide whether to put himself at the mercy of his enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
You can count me in! That sounds awesome! Raimi will produce the film alongside Rob Tapert, Good Universe, Joe Drake, and Nathan Kahane. Raimi had this to say in a statement,
Susan is a brilliant writer. She has created a fantastic world with instantly engaging and real characters. I immediately connected with the material and knew that she had conceived the perfect combination for a great fantasy film.
Angelfall became an instant success across a broad demographic of readers resonating with the ravenous young adult crowd as well as adults. The book ranked #1 on Amazon’s Most Wished For Teen Book list and #1 best seller in Sci-fi & Fantasy. Ee is a lawyer turned writer, and Angelfall is her debut novel. The second book in the series will release in fall 2013.
I haven't read the book yet, but I think I have to now.