Amazon Studios plants ‘Seed’

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.

More Film

  • Morgan Freeman Sexual Harassment

    Morgan Freeman Issues New Statement: 'I Did Not Assault Women'

    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 […]

  • Euphoria Review

    Cannes Film Review: 'Euphoria'

    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 […]

  • David Permut

    David Permut, Naomi Kawase Join Shanghai Festival Jury

    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 […]

  • 'Adrift' Director Baltasar Kormakur on Casting

    'Adrift' Director Baltasar Kormakur on Casting Shailene Woodley, Shooting Surrounded by Sharks

    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 […]

  • Trevor Jackson and Jason Mitchell in

    Film News Roundup: Sony Opening Crime Thriller 'Superfly' Two Days Earlier

    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 […]

  • The Dead and the Others Review

    Cannes Film Review: 'The Dead and the Others'

    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 […]

  • Transilvania Film Fest Raises Curtain on

    Transilvania Film Festival Raises Curtain on 17th Edition

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content