Jones, Salzman snatch up rights to best-selling novels

Quincy Jones and David Salzman’s QDE Entertainment has acquired rights to “Ringworld,” the best-selling trilogy written and created by sci-fi master Larry Niven.

A sale price was not disclosed.

“Ringworld” is the story of a small group of both alien and human adventurers who are hired to explore an artifact discovered deep in outer space. The artifact is a great ring, the size of the Earth’s orbit around the sun, with an inner surface more than 300 million times the size of earth. The adventurers set out to discover what kind of being could have built the outerworld.

QDE next will look for a writer and director to adapt and develop the project.

” ‘Ringworld’ has all the elements for an incredible action-packed feature experience, great characters, a riveting story, and tremendous science fiction action,” said Joel Simon, president of QDE Motion Pictures.

Plans are to establish a licensing and merchandising program for the project and its characters. The characters also appear in other Niven books.

Niven has written dozens of sci-fi novels, which have sold millions of copies. The “Ringworld” trilogy includes “Ringworld,” “Ringworld Engineers” and the most recent, “The Ringworld Throne.”

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