Awesomeness Films has acquired movie rights to the young adult fantasy novel “Spontaneous,” set against the backdrop of high school students bursting into flames.
The novel is written by Aaron Starmer, author of “The Riverman Trilogy.” Brian Duffield and Nicki Cortese will produce for Awesomeness Films under their company Jurassic Party’s first look deal, and Duffield will also adapt the novel.
Brian Robbins and Matt Kaplan will produce for Awesomeness.
“Spontaneous,” published by Dutton and scheduled to hit shelves Aug. 30, follows a student during her senior year at a high school in suburban New Jersey, where everything is going as normally as could be expected, until the day a fellow senior explodes during third period pre-calculus. Soon other classmates meet similar fates, forcing the student and her friends to figure out a way to survive normal high school problems with the added stress of potentially combusting at any moment.
John Green, author of “The Fault In Our Stars,” said, “Aaron Starmer skillfully welds sharp humor, deep loss, and roaring escapades. Truly the smartest and funniest book about spontaneous combustion you will ever read.”
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“Spontaneous” was named a Book Expo America 2016 Young Adult Buzz Book.
Open Road recently bought distribution rights for “Before I Fall,” Awesomeness Film’s adaptation of the young adult novel with the same name by Lauren Oliver. Awesomeness Films is also adapting Oliver’s next young adult novel “Replica.”
Duffield most recently wrote and executive produced New Line’s “The Babysitter,” directed by McG. Cortese co-founded Jurassic Party with Duffield last year and recently produced “You Get Me” for Awesomeness Films with Bella Thorne and Halston Sage starring.
Cortese previously she spent two years at Red Wagon working on the “Divergent” franchise and six years working with Akiva Goldsman on projects such as “Underground” and the “Paranormal Activity” franchise.
Starmer is represented by Paradigm on behalf of Michael Bourret of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. Duffield is represented by Gersh, Circle of Confusion and Howard Abramson. Cortese is represented by Todd Weinstein.