Paramount Hires 'Twilight' Writer to Adapt 'Earthseed' Sci-Fi Novel
She's mastered melodrama and love triangles between humans, vampires and werewolves, but now The Twilight Saga screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg will be adapting a young adult sci-fi novel for Paramount. Risky Biz reports the writer will write and produce an adaptation of Pamela Sargent's novel Earthseed. The story is set in the future where humans launch a project called Ship to carry Earth DNA into space to find a new planet on which to settle. During its flight, a group of newly grown teenagers born without traditional parents are provided a simulated Earth environment, Hollow, to test their ability to survive. More below!
As some of the kids splinter off, tensions grow between the groups and major revelations ensue as fighting erupts. Here's what Rosenberg had to say about the story:
“It really talks about the debate of nature vs. nurture, what is innately human and what can be bred in or out of someone. There’s a 'Lord of the Flies' element to it. It involves a young woman who starts off as someone who is content with playing by the rules and being a “good girl,’ and then has to realize that the rules are malleable and that she has to step forward as a leader. It’s really about coming into one’s own power and embracing one’s own strength and individuality."
More recently, Sargent has actually published two sequels to her original novel. Farseed was published in 2007 and Seed Seeker hit shelves in 2010, and both Paramount and Rosenberg are hoping to turn the series into a potential film franchise. If you're not interested in this project simply because of Rosenberg's work in The Twilight Saga, let's not forget that the source material wasn't that great. The writer actually deserves a lot more credit for her previous work as a writer producer on "Dexter." She's also supposed to be writing the reboot for Highlander as well, so it's not clear where Earthseed will fall into place on her schedule. Interested?