Producers Marc and Peter Samuelson have optioned the best-selling Alex Rider series of teen spy novels, which they will develop under their new overall deal with the Isle of Man Film Commission.
The seven-book series, of which two have so far been published, is written by Anthony Horowitz.
He also scripted Brian Gilbert’s “The Gathering,” produced by the Samuelsons, and will adapt his own novels.
First book, “Stormbreaker” is being prepped to shoot early next year. It introduces 14-year-old Alex Rider who discovers, after the mysterious death of his guardian, that his apparently ordinary childhood has in fact been a clandestine training as a secret agent for MI6.
The Samuelsons have struck a three-year deal with the Isle of Man Film Commission, comprising a development fund plus a contribution to overhead.
This marks the first move by the Isle of Man into script development. Since 1995, it has been providing $8 million a year in production finance for movies shot on the island, including “The Gathering” and another Samuelson movie “Gabriel and Me.”
In March, the island’s government announced a new revolving $36 million film fund over the next five years, on top of $24 million already committed over the next three years. The film commission makes equity investments covering up to 25% of budgets.