Co. acquires rights to young adult fantasy series 'Black City'

In a preemptive deal, Screen Gems has acquired rights to develop a feature film based on Elizabeth Richards’ young adult fantasy series “Black City” and is already searching for a screenwriter to adapt the material.

First book in the series, “Black City,” will be released Nov. 13 via publisher Putnam Juvenile, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group.

Screen Gems moved quickly to complete the rights deal for the series, citing a high level of anticipation for the property in the online community and other young adult circles.

“Black City” tells the story of a city where humans and Darklings are separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war. Of course, there’s romance at the heart of the series, as 16 year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and fall in love.

Richards is an award-winning journalist who spent her early career reviewing video games for a living before making the bold move to become a travel writer and editor. “Black City” is her debut novel.

Author and title were represented by Ayesha Pande of Ayesha Pande Literary and CAA.

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