A Boy Made of Blocks by Guardian games editor Keith Stuart (pictured) has sold into multiple territories, with “strong proactive interest from Hollywood studios”, according to publisher Sphere, which is also selling film rights.
Sphere editorial director Ed Wood approached Stuart to write the novel, securing all rights, after the journalist wrote about his experience of playing Minecraft with his autistic son.
In the story Alex is trying to adjust after separating from his wife and leaving behind his autistic son, Sam. As Alex navigates dating, family secrets and part-time fatherhood, Sam begins playing Minecraft, and father and son find a new way of communicating.
The title has been a foreign hit—rights have been sold into Germany (Goldmann), Spain (Alianza), Italy (Corbaccio), Norway (Cappelen Damm), the Netherlands (HarperCollins), Portugal (Marcador), Brazil (Distribuidora Record SA), Serbia (Vulkan) and Sweden (Massolit Förlagsgrupp), predominantly in pre-empts.
Little, Brown said there was strong interest elsewhere, with “an opening offer” from France.