Awesomeness Films has acquired the film rights to “Our Chemical Hearts,” Australian author Krystal Sutherland’s upcoming debut novel.
“Hearts” centers on a high school student who has never been in love even though he fancies himself a hopeless romantic who’s happy to focus on grades, getting into a decent college and becoming editor of his school newspaper. But when he and a girl are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her — and when it’s obvious there’s something broken about her, he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again.
“Our Chemical Hearts” will hit shelves in the U.S. on Oct. 4 through Penguin Random House’s imprint G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.
“Krystal Sutherland is a breakout young writer, whose voice uniquely captures the emotional journey of falling in love for the first time,” said Awesomeness Films president Matt Kaplan. “We are excited to be working with her at Awesomeness Films and look forward bringing ‘Our Chemical Hearts’ to life.”
Launched in 2014, Awesomeness Films produces and distributes feature films focused on young adult material. Their current projects include Gina Prince-Bythewood’s “Before I Fall,” based on Lauren Oliver’s novel and starring Zoey Deutch, and Brent Bonacorso’s “You Get Me,” starring Bella Thorne and Halston Sage, which is currently in production.
Awesomeness Films premiered “Shovel Buddies,” starring Thorne and Kian Lawley, as part of SXSW’s Narrative Spotlight section. The company previously released “Dance Camp” on YouTube Red; Tyler Oakley’s documentary “Snervous,” which opened as the No. 1 documentary on iTunes: “Smosh: the Movie,” which opened as the No. 1 comedy on iTunes; and “Expelled,” starring Cameron Dallas, the No. 1 social movie of 2014.
Max Siemers brought in the property on behalf of Awesomeness Films. Sutherland is represented by UTA and InkWell.