Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment and Warner Bros are set to bring YA sci-fi novel Illuminae to the big screen in what will be the first film deal cut by Oneworld's children’s imprint, Rock the Boat.
The Kohner Agency represented the book, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, on behalf of Adams Literary for Kaufman and Sanford J Greenburger Associates for Kristoff.
Published in October 2015, the novel tells the story of a teenage hacker and her fighter pilot ex-boyfriend in the 26th century who unearth a conspiracy surrounding an intergalactic war between two mega-corporations. The plot sees the pair dealing with an enemy race, rogue artificial intelligence and a deadly virus on the far edge of the universe. It has already drawn critical praise for its unusual structure - the story is told through a dossier of found documents including emails, texts, military files, ship schematics, casualty lists and classified files.
Kaufman described the story as “'Battlestar Galactica' meets 'Ten Things I Hate About You'”. She added: “Illuminae is in the tradition of science fiction that asks big questions that aren’t easy to answer and sometimes leaves those questions open. It’s important to us that the movie gets the spirit of the book without being slavish to the letter of the book.”
Kaufman is the co-author behind Starbound Trilogy (Hyperion), which is currently in development at MGM Television, while Kristoff is the author of the Lotus War fantasy series (Thomas Dunne). Both live in Australia.
Plan B Entertainment is an American film production company founded in November 2001 by Brad Pitt, Brad Grey, and Jennifer Aniston. In 2006, after Pitt and Aniston divorced, and Grey became the c.e.o of Paramount Pictures, Pitt became the sole owner of the company.
Rock the Boat signed a three-book deal for the Illuminae Files series, the second of which, Geminae, is due out next October.