Upcoming YA Novel ‘Seeker’ by Arwen Elys Dayton Gets Movie Deal from Columbia

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Columbia Pictures has preemptively acquired the rights to Arwen Elys Dayton’s upcoming YA novelSeeker, with the Mark Gordon Company attached to produce the adaptation.

The story, according to the studio, focuses on a young girl named Quin Kincaid “who has been put through years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a revered ‘Seeker.’ Only when it’s too late does she discover she will be using her new found knowledge and training to become an assassin.” The events take the girl around the globe, from a remote estate in Scotland to a bustling, futuristic Hong Kong.

The book won’t be published until 2015, but Columbia execs are already quite high on it.

“Arwen has created a cast of characters and world that transcends the Young Adult genre and offers a rich cinematic opportunity,” said president of production Hannah Minghella. “The best science fiction and fantasy stories are a metaphor for a grounded universal truth and Arwen perfectly captures the emotionally complex awakening all young people have that the world is not black and white, parents are not perfect and ultimately we all have to be Seekers of our own truth.”

The movie deal comes on the heels of the publishing deal, which went down last week. Delacorte picked up the rights in a competitive environment, sealing it up for high six-figures.

Source: Hollywood Reporter