Chicken House will in 2016 publish a prequel to the best-selling Maze Runner series by James Dashner.
The deal, which includes UK, Commonwealth and open market rights, was brokered by Chicken House publisher Barry Cunningham with Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein, on behalf of Lauren Abramo at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.
The prequel, entitled The Fever Code, tells the stories of characters Thomas, Teresa, Newt, Minho and Alby before they enter the Box (the elevator that takes them down into the maze).
Author Dashner said: “There are so many things hinted at that will be fun to reveal in depth. For years, fans have made it abundantly and enthusiastically clear that they want the same thing, so now seems like the perfect time to give readers the story of how the Maze began.”
There are four titles in the series so far - The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order – and the film of "The Maze Runner", produced by Twentieth Century Fox, opens in the UK on the 10th October.
“‘We are delighted to be James’ publisher and to see the rise, and rise, of his pulse-pounding Maze Runner series, now about to reach an even wider audience this week with the UK movie opening,” said Cunningham. “More than any other author we have had the good fortune to work with, James understands and believes in his audience.”
The second movie based on the series, entitled "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials", is scheduled for release on 18th September 2015.