Universal & Imagine Team to Adapt Young Adult Sci-Fi Novel 'Arclight'
It's impossible to ignore the profound impact the Harry Potter series has had on the way Hollywood studios do business. Adaptations of young adult novels are all the rage these days (especially if they have a science fiction or supernatural twist to them), with people like Kate Winslet, Johnny Depp, G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu, Chloe Moretz, and Smashed director James Ponsoldt all getting involved in various young adult projects so far this year. Now THR reports that the trend continues, as Universal has optioned the rights to Josin L. McQuein’s upcoming novel Arclight, with Brian Grazer producing for Imagine.
Here's the official synopsis of Arclight from Amazon:
Arclight is a bold and astonishing debut about identity, unnerving connections, tortured romance, and the courage we find when we face our worst nightmares.
The Arclight is the last refuge in a post-apocalyptic world consumed by terrifying monsters called the Fade. No one crosses the wall of light that keeps the last human survivors safe. There's nothing else left and nowhere to go. Or so they thought, until Marina, a lone teenage girl, stumbles out of the Dark.
Marina doesn't remember who she is, where she came from, or how she survived. And the Fade want her back. When one of them infiltrates the compound and recognizes Marina, she begins to unlock secrets she didn't even know she had. Marina knows she's an outsider in the Arclight, but she'll do anything to protect those who saved her. Whether they want her help or not.
Sounds a little like the dynamic that Summer Glau's River Tam had with the crew of the Serenity in Joss Whedon's sci-fi western, and we're hoping the mystery is interesting enough to hold our attention. It doesn't seem like there's a hackneyed love story jammed into the plot, so we can at least be thankful for that. That being said, Matthew Sand (Ninja Assassin) is tackling the story, so that's enough to make us keep this project at arm's length. No director or cast have been lined up yet, but we'd wager that a mega-producer like Grazer won't have any problems convincing some big names to come on board. Sound interesting?