Friday Deals: 'Rosaline' Adaptation; Sci-Fi 'Year 12' Gets Director
There's a couple of acquisition and directing deals announced that I thought were worth mentioning. First, from Deadline: Fox 2000 has acquired rights to Rebecca Serle's forthcoming novel Rosaline, a twist on the classic Romeo & Juliet story. Director Shawn Levy will produce through his company 21 Laps. Adapting the script will be 500 Days of Summer writers Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (above), who lined up quite a few of these quirky romance projects following 500DOS. Rosaline is a contemporary version set in a high school, with the love story being told from the vantage point of Rosaline, jilted ex-girlfriend of Romeo.
Next, from The Wrap: Commercials director Fredrik Bond, who has yet to make his feature debut despite being attached to Hack/Slash and The Host remake, is now attached to direct a sci-fi action movie called Year 12. The script, written by newcomer Edward Ricourt, takes place 12 years after aliens have invaded Earth. So a District 9-like setup. Set in Manhattan, the story follows an underwater uranium miner who is recruited by the human resistance to smuggle uranium in his blood so they can use it to blow up the alien mothership. Wow, sounds like an awesome concept. Let's hope this one actually gets the greenlight soon!
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