Raimi, Rob Tapert will produce films based on young-adult series

Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Good Universe have acquired multipicture rights to Susan Ee’s young-adult book series “Angelfall.”

Raimi, who directed the “Spider-Man” trilogy, and Tapert will produce and Good Universe’s Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will exec produce.

“Angelfall,” initially self-published by Ee as her debut novel, is set amid angels of the apocalypse descending to demolish the modern world with street gangs ruling the day. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her 17-year-old sister makes a deal with an enemy angel who has been has been left bleeding and wingless.

The novel was released last year through Amazon Children’s Publishing. The second book in the series will be released next fall.

“Susan is a brilliant writer,” Raimi said. “She has created a fantastic world with instantly engaging and real characters. I immediately connected with the material and knew that she had conceived the perfect combination for a great fantasy film.”

Aaron Lam brought the book to the producers. Nicole Brown will oversee for Good Universe.

Good Universe was launched this spring as a financing-production-sales banner by former Lionsgate motion picture group prexy Drake and former Mandate Pictures prexy Kahane. It acquired Jim and Brian Kehoe’s R-rated comedy spec “Cherries” from Chinese media company DMG Entertainment last week and will produce with “Harold & Kumar” creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.

Lucy Stille of Paradigm brokered the “Angelfall” deal on behalf of Ee. The deal was negotiated for the producers by Dan Freedman.

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