Film unit options rights horror novel

Amazon Studios has optioned the rights to author Ania Ahlborn’s horror novel “Seed,” marking the first time that the 2-year-old operation has made such a move.

“Seed” has been sold via Amazon Publishing’s 47North imprint, which handles science fiction, fantasy and horror titles. Previously, Amazon Studios has optioned only movie scripts and episodic series projects submitted to Amazon Studios.

“Our primary objective at Amazon Studios is to develop great, commercial projects that our customers love,” said Amazon Studios director Roy Price. “Ania Ahlborn’s ‘Seed’ has been a top seller for Amazon Publishing’s 47North, so we already have a sense of the mainstream attraction of the story, and are excited to keep the project in-house for movie development.”

The gothic horror novel — a story of an ordinary man with evil following him — was released in mid-2011 as a self-published title and reached the top spot on Amazon’s bestselling horror list. It was re-released this year after Ahlborn restructured plot points and added more than 6,000 words to the manuscript.

Amazon Studios recently hosted a trailer contest and awarded $3,000 to the winning trailer “Grinning Demons,” as selected by Ahlborn.

Since its launch in November 2010, more than 10,000 movie scripts and 1,800 series pilot scripts have been submitted to Amazon Studios. Currently, 21 film projects and seven series are in development.

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