First film of planned trilogy with 22-year-old author

Summit Entertainment has closed a deal to acquire film rights to Veronica Roth’s upcoming futuristic novel “Divergent,” with Red Wagon toppers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher attached to produce.

Summit had started negotiations a month ago. A Summit spokesman confirmed the deal Friday.

Story centers on a society divided into five factions, each dedicated to a particular virtue — Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite — with all 16-year-olds required on a particular day to select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. The female protagonist falls in love during the initiation in the book – the first of a planned trilogy.

Book will be published in May by Katherine Tegen Books, a division of HarperCollins Children’s Books. Roth’s a 22-year-old debut author and recent grad of Northwestern U’s creative writing program.

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