Komixx Entertainment has signed writer and director Vince Marcello to adapt teen novel The Kissing Booth, written by British teen author Beth Reekles (RHCP), into a film.
"The Kissing Booth" film is being developed by Random House Children’s Screen Entertainment (RHCSE), the production house created by Random House, and Komixx Entertainment, which optioned the rights in July last year.
Andrew Cole-Bulgin, joint president and head of film and RV at Komixx Entertainment, said Marcello was chosen for his “vision and energy” in creating films for teen audiences. Marcello’s previous work includes "Zombie Prom", "Teen Beach Movie" and "McKeena Shoots for the Stars".
“Like John Hughes did with 'Ferris Bueller' and 'Pretty in Pink', Vince tests the boundaries of growing up and can perfectly capture the voice of a generation,” he said.
The Kissing Booth is a teen romance novel set in the US, where a never-been-kissed teenager comes face-to-face with her secret crush in a kissing booth at a school carnival.
The story was originally self-published on Wattpad, where it became a major hit, receiving 19 million reads. RHCP issued the novel as an e-book in December 2012, with a paperback published in April 2013.
Nielsen BookScan has recorded TCM sales of 4,245 copies to date.
Reekles was just 17 when the first book was published and she was named as one of the most influential teenagers of 2013 by Time magazine.