Michael Preger and Jillian DeFrehn (“Vampire Academy”) have bought feature and TV rights to author Jennifer Rush’s “Altered” series of three novels and three e-novellas, Variety has learned exclusively.
“Altered,” published in 2013 by Little, Brown, follows a group of teenagers unwittingly recruited as subjects in a clandestine “government-sponsored” experiment to transform them into super-soldiers. The characters emerge in constant conflict with who they are and who they were — and must eventually rely upon their enhanced fighting and survival abilities to discover the truth.
The second book, “Erased,” was published in 2014, and the concluding tome, “Reborn,” was published in January.
Dennis DeFrehn (“Twisted Tales”) will serve as the production executive on the project for Preger Entertainment.
“What is unique and intriguing about ‘Altered’ is that the story intricately weaves together two very popular genres in today’s market,” Preger said. “It’s YA romance wrapped around a contemporary and gripping sci-fi thriller set in a world of human genetic enhancements and memory replacement — heralding an age of bio-weaponry.”
The deal was negotiated by Wayne Alexander of Alexander, Lawrence, Frumes & Labowitz and Laurence Becsey from the Intellectual Property Group, representing the producers. The author was represented by Pouya Shahbazian (“Divergent”) on behalf of New Leaf Literary & Media and Melissa Rogal of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman.