‘Twilight’ Producers to Adapt Kate Atkinson’s ‘Life After Life’

life after life

Studio acquires movie rights to Atkinson's novel

Lionsgate, which saw enormous success from the “Twilight” franchise, is looking for more eternal life.

The studio is developing Kate Atkinson’s “Life After Life,” acquiring feature film rights to the best-selling novel and setting up the project with “Twilight” producers Temple Hill Entertainment.

Semi Chellas (“Mad Men”) and Esta Spalding (“The Bridge”) will adapt the 544-page book into a screenplay.

Reagan Arthur Books, an imprint of Little, Brown, published the book in April. The sprawling, intricate story focuses on a woman who was first born in England in 1910, and lives her life over and over again through historic 20th century events including Hitler’s rise and the WWII London bombings. With multiple storylines about the woman’s different lives taking place throughout the 20th century , the novel is likely to present a challenge to adapt for the bigscreen.

Project will be overseen by Erik Feig, Gillian Bohrer and James Myers at Lionsgate.

Robert Melnik negotiated the deal on behalf of the studio.

Atkinson is represented by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates in London. Chellas and Spalding are represented by UTA and by Lesley Harrison in Canada. Spalding is also represented by Jerry Kalajian at IPG, and Chellas is also represented by attorney Ken Richman.

The five “Twilight” films grossed a combined $3.3 billion. Lionsgate released the final film last year after it acquired Summit in January 2012.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety