WB Snags Impending Sci-Fi Young Adult Novel 'The Planet Thieves'
by Ethan Anderton
September 5, 2012
The pursuit of the next Hunger Games franchise at the movie studios continues and Warner Bros. has a new property they'll be trying to turn into a hit blockbuster film. Deadline has word that the studio has snagged the rights to The Planet Thieves, a forthcoming young adult novel by False Memory author Dan Krokos. The book, hitting shelves next May, follows Mason Stark, a 13-year old cadet in the Earth Space Command who must lead his fellow cadets in a daring surprise attack to retake the SS Egypt from a deadly alien race who has killed the entire crew, and recover a stolen technology that could spell the end of planet Earth.
Harry Potter franchise producer David Heyman and his Heyday Films banner will produce the adaptation that sounds like a great sci-fi adventure. Much like Ender's Game, this will also be a great role for a young actor looking for a breakthrough performance. Since Asa Butterfield (Hugo) already has the aforementioned sci-fi adaptation locked down, maybe Kodi-Smit McPhee (Let Me In, ParaNorman) could lead this project? It's hard to say whether the film will land a solid audience since the book doesn't hit until next year, but the studio will likely wait to see how the book sells before moving forward. Interested?