The Gotham Group has optioned “Dark Life,” an underwater adventure tome by tyro scribe Kat Falls.
Book will be published in May by Scholastic, which won the rights and inked a two-book deal after making a preemptive bid on the manuscript. Foreign publishing rights to the book, which generated considerable buzz in the pub world pre-sale, have been sold in six languages.
“Dark Life” is set in a near-future world in which rising ocean levels and natural catastrophes have led some people to homestead on the ocean floor. Story centers on an underwater teenage boy and a surface girl who join forces to uncover a government conspiracy.
Gotham’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman will produce. The pair are in the process of attaching a helmer before taking the package out to studios. Gregory Little, who brought the novel into the company, will shepherd the project and will also serve as a producer.
“We fell in love with the idea of an underwater Western,” said Goldsmith-Vein, who praised Falls for creating a “thoroughly original world.”
In addition to being a production company, Gotham continues to gain a foothold in the arena of repping content creators. Its current roster of film and TV rights holders includes Bloomsbury/Walker U.S., Dark Horse Entertainment, Penguin Group, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins (U.S. and U.K.), Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt, SAF Comics and Com.x.
Gotham’s recent credits include “The Spiderwick Chronicles” for Paramount/Nickelodeon Movies. The company’s upcoming slate includes “Quantum Quest,” a large-format 3D CGI film based on NASA’s Cassini Mission; “Saving Juliet” at Disney; “The Maze Runner” and “The Devil You Know” at 20th Century Fox; and “Wicked” and “Stargirl” at DreamWorks.