Chicken House and Altitude acquire joint property

Chicken House and Altitude acquire joint property

Chicken House and production company Altitude Film Entertainment have jointly acquired Moondust by debut writer Gemma Fowler.
 
Chicken House will publish the novel in autumn 2016 and Chicken House and Altitude will develop a film script based on the book. Rights were acquired from film agent Luke Speed and literary agent Sandra Sawicka at Marjacq Scripts.
 
Moondust is set in the near-future when the earth’s energy resources have run out. Teenager Agie is the daughter of the man who discovered Lumite, a moon-based source of energy, but as the story develops she realises there may be a dark side to her father’s discovery.
 
The acquisition is first for the companies’ new partnership, announced earlier this year to develop book and film projects simultaneously after the success of 'Big Game', a project about a 13-year-old boy who saves the US president, which Chicken House m.d. Barry Cunningham ran with Will Clarke, a producer at Altitude.
 
“It is creatively and commercially exciting for a publisher and novelist to collaborate on both formats at the same time,” said Cunningham. “Big Game was a great success for us – [we] sold the novel to 25 countries within six months of its debut at the Bologna Bookfair 2014 – and we believe it marks the start of a great partnership with Altitude.”