Film deal for YA author David Owen

Film deal for YA author David Owen

YA author David Owen has signed a film deal with Element Pictures, the production company behind "Room" and "The Lobster".

Element Pictures acquired the dramatic rights to the author’s first novel Panther, which is about a boy dealing with his sister’s depression. Element signed the deal with JAB Management, which was acting on behalf of Owen’s agent Diamond Kahn and Woods.

“We’re very excited to be working on developing Panther into a film with element,” said DWK. “Their enthusiasm and creative vision make them the perfect team to adapt this extremely special and powerful novel.”

The news comes as Atom Books, Owen’s publisher, is preparing to release his next novel, The Fallen Children. The book is about teenagers from the Midwich Estate who one day have their futures snatched away by circumstances beyond their control.

Publication is set for May 2017 and Atom is planning to print the book across the entire colour spectrum, meaning it will be available in 360 different colours. There will also be one “inverted colourway” edition, which comes with a special prize.

Sarah Castleton, commissioning editor for Atom and Corsair, said: “David is a talented young writer and he’s not afraid to take on challenging subjects and make them compelling and hugely rewarding. In The Fallen Children he’s found a chilling new way of writing about the world today’s teenagers are faced with. This book is all about shades of dark and bright – this cover approach is its perfect compliment.”