Relativity nabs Durham’s ‘Acacia’

Grant to adapt first film in epic fantasy trilogy

Relativity Media has acquired rights to David Anthony Durham’s epic fantasy novel “Acacia: The War With the Mein.”

Andrew Grant will adapt the first installment of a planned trilogy.

Story kicks off after King Akaran is assassinated and the kingdom of Acacia is overthrown by the warlike Mein tribe. Four Akaran siblings spend nine years in exile before reuniting as adults to retake their father’s kingdom.

Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh will produce alongside Michael De Luca. De Luca Prods.’ Zach Schiff-Abrams, who brought the project into Relativity, will exec produce along with Relativity’s Tucker Tooley.

Kavanaugh said “Acacia,” which was published by Doubleday in June 2007, has “great franchise potential.” “The book has already generated such a huge response across the world,” he added.

Book was one of Kirkus Reviews Ten Best Works of Fiction in 2007 and one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2007.

To date, Relativity has structured more than $8 billion in production slate financings. The company’s single-picture business has more than 30 films in various stages of production and release.