Winter, Botwick set adaptation of Despain novel

Ralph Winter (“X-Men”) and Terry Botwick are turning to “The Dark Divine,” acquiring rights through their 1019 Entertainment banner to Bree Despain’s three-book young adult series.

Whitney Thomas, an exec at 1019, will also produce.

First tome, titled “The Dark Divine” and published last December by Egmont USA, centers on a 16-year-old pastor’s daughter who falls in love with a boy who reveals he’s a werewolf. Second title, “The Lost Saint,” is scheduled to be released on Dec. 28; the third, untitled book is skedded for publication in late 2011.

Deal comes seven months after Winter and Botwick snagged feature rights to Dean Koontz’s “Frankenstein,” his bestselling tale of a socially prominent and successful businessman and his superhuman original creation in modern-day New Orleans (Daily Variety, Feb. 16).

“The project has strong romantic appeal to the young ‘Twilight’ audience,” Winter and Botwick said. “Bree Despain is a talented voice with a loyal following.”

1019 Entertainment recently premiered the docu “Cool It,” centered on the Danish climate change skeptic Bjorn Lomborg, at the Toronto film fest. Roadside Attractions is releasing “Cool It” this fall.

The banner has more than two dozen projects in development, including Paul Verhoeven’s “The Surrogate,” starring Halle Berry, and the action thriller “Man and Wire” in conjunction with Peter Chernin and with Akiva Goldsman directing.

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