×

Amber Comes Aboard ‘Incarceron,’ ‘Sapphique’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Catherine Fisher novels center on futuristic prison

Amber Entertainment has snapped up movie rights to Brit author Catherine Fisher’s young-adult fantasy novels “Incarceron” and “Sapphique.”

Amber’s Ileen Maisel will produce. Fisher and Lesley Pollinger of Pollinger are on board as exec producers via Pollinger’s sister company Paperclip Prods.

Project has been picked up out of turnaround. Fox 2000 optioned the novels in 2010 and set them up with John Palermo to produce via Seed Prods., sparking hopes of starting a young-adult franchise and leading to Fisher’s fans creating their own online trailers and cast wish lists.

Incarceron,” published in 2007, centers on a young boy who lives in a futuristic prison in a world stuck in the 17th century but run by computers. The boy comes into contact with the warden’s daughter and they find a crystal key that can change everything.

The sequel tome, “Sapphique,” was published in 2011. Both books make the New York Times bestseller list.

“At last I can tell all the fans demanding a film of  ‘Incarceron’ that an exciting new project is under way,” Fisher said. “I’m delighted to be working with Ileen Maisel and Amber Entertainment. I know that they have the enthusiasm and expertise to produce the perfect film!”

Maisel has a short list of directors for the project. She recently finished filming fantasy actioner “Molly Moon,” an adaptation of Georgia Byng’s novel about an orphan who learns the art of hypnosis.

Amber is in post-production on “Romeo and Juliet,” starring Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth, and produced a feature adaptation of Judy Blume’s young adult novel “Tiger Eyes,” which has been set for a June release through Freestyle.

Maisel, a former New Line exec, noted that she worked on a similar project to “Incarceron” — 2007’s “The Golden Compass,” based on Philip Pullman’s novel.

Fisher’s fantasy sci-fier “The Obsidian Mirror” was published last year and she recently finished writing a sequel, “The Box of Red Brocade.”

More Film

  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas Ed Asner Elliott

    Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Ed Asner, Elliott Gould Seek SAG-AFTRA Board Seats

    Ed Asner, Elliott Gould and Jonathan Taylor Thomas are seeking SAG-AFTRA national board seats as members of presidential candidate Matthew Modine’s progressive Membership First slate. Asner is the former president of the Screen Actors Guild, serving two terms from 1981 to 1985, and winning five Emmys for his role as Lou Grant and two others [...]

  • Mahershala AliMarvel Studios panel, Comic-Con International,

    Comic-Con: Marvel 'Shock and Awe' Strategy Dominates Twitter Buzz

    Disney’s Marvel Studios handily won the hype trophy from this year’s Comic-Con International San Diego. Marvel Studios — which returned to the 2019 Comic-Con stage with a chock-full Phase 4 slate of announcements — dominated the discussion on Twitter out of the convention, capturing the most buzz for eight of the top 10 movies or [...]

  • Chris Rock - Netflix

    Chris Rock's 'Saw' Reboot Moves Up Five Months to May 2020

    Lionsgate has moved Chris Rock’s upcoming “Saw” reboot forward by five months to May 15, 2020, vacating the pre-Halloween date of Oct. 23, 2020. The studio indicated Monday that it decided to move the untitled “Saw” movie into the summer slot after seeing early footage from the set of the film currently shooting in Toronto. The move [...]

  • Peter Farrelly

    Peter Farrelly to Judge Sun Valley Film Festival's Film Lab Competition

    Sun Valley Film Festival has set “Green Book” director Peter Farrelly as the judge for the sixth annual Film Lab competition. The program, sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, which is in its sixth year, selects one team of filmmakers to work with the festival to complete their film projects. The director and producer of the [...]

  • The Lion King

    'The Lion King' Dominates, But Is Disney Running Low on Remakes?

    “The Lion King” and its massive $185 million domestic debut proved that audiences have an insatiable appetite for Disney’s remakes and re-imaginings. Despite mixed reviews, moviegoers turned out in force for director Jon Favreau’s hyper-realistic update of the classic cartoon. “The Lion King” broke numerous box office records, including the best start among Disney’s live-action [...]

  • The Fast and the Furious

    'Fast & Furious 9' Production Halted After Stuntman Injured in Fall on Set

    An accident on the set of Universal’s “Fast & Furious 9” in the United Kingdom has left a stuntman in hospital with a serious head injury. Production on the movie has halted at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, near London. “We had an injury on the set of ‘FAST 9’ today in Leavesden with one of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content