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.

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