Paramount Hires 'Twilight' Writer to Adapt 'Earthseed' Sci-Fi Novel

March 30, 2011
Source: Risky Biz


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?

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There’s a 'Lord of the Flies' element to it. Earthseed??? Sure there is .... Twilight and Diary of a Wimpy Kid is more like it if Melissa Rosenberg is involved.

Hattori Hanzo on Mar 30, 2011


I was thinking it had more in common with Pigs in Space LOO

Sanka on Mar 30, 2011


Mental that one is.

Ron Weasley on Mar 30, 2011


>Paramount hires 'Twilight' writer No thanks.

Craig on Mar 30, 2011


Great concept .. but seems strange to shoot towards teenagers.

Kaim on Mar 30, 2011


Milissa Rosenberg wrote for the Twilight Saga franchise so many hate and helped to turn it into a 1.7 billion dollar franchise worldwide to date. Why not ! The odds are she will be a great asset to this franchise as well.

Bettybmusing on Mar 30, 2011


Half of them will act Bare Chested And with an Emo Face, LOL

Fargo on Mar 30, 2011


Is this Deepwater Black 2.0?

TenaciousV on Mar 30, 2011


(a.k.a. Mission Genesis)

TenaciousV on Mar 30, 2011


I like the Twilight films, but Melissa Rosenberg's script is the worst element of them. She may be the worst screenwriter out there.

Marcus on Mar 31, 2011


not bad

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


not bad

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018

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