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Disney falls for trilogy

Mouse, Offspring team on Condie novel 'Matched'

Disney and Offspring Entertainment have formed a love connection over Ally Condie’s upcoming young adult novel “Matched.”

The Mouse House fended off Paramount in a bidding war to pick up the film rights to the soon-to-be-published book for the shingle, run by Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot, to produce.

Penguin’s Dutton division will begin rolling out the first installment of the three-title futuristic fable to bookstores on Nov. 30.

The world revolves around a society that dictates what individuals read, watch and believe, and who they are partnered with during a Matching Ceremony that takes place on their 18th birthday.

Offspring is starting to go out to scribes to tackle the adaptation.

The project, with its love triangle and young characters, is being described as yet another potential “Twilight” for Disney. The Mouse House previously picked up the rights to “Fallen,” another sequel-ready tome about a girl torn between two fallen angels. Marc Ciardi and Gordon Gray are producing that pic for Disney through their Mayhem Prods. shingle.

Either way, it’s the latest property that Disney is looking to add to a growing slate of films that surround its bigger-budgeted tentpoles and appeal to different demographics, in this case the lucrative young female demo that flocked to Summit’s “Twilight” franchise and regularly tunes into the Disney Channel. Disney is developing the comedy “Prom” for that audience.

Disney-based Offspring is close to getting the film version of the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” in front of cameras, with Shankman set to helm. Offspring recently produced Disney’s “Step Up 3D,” and the romantic comedy “Going the Distance” for New Line. Shingle also set up “Tink,” a romantic comedy that plays up the mischievous nature of the Tinkerbell character, at Disney, for Elizabeth Banks to headline, and a Zac Efron laffer at Warner Bros.

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