Screen Gems Hopes For Next Young Adult Franchise

In the never ending quest to find the next big franchise based on a young adult series, Screen Gems has purchased the rights to the upcoming young adult fantasy novel, Black City.

The novel won’t hit shelves until November 13, but Screen Gems says it wanted to move quickly because buzz surrounding the first novel in a new series was high.

Written by Elizabeth Richards,  Black City is set in a city where humans and Darklings are separated by a high wall, and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war. The story centers on 16-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the emissary, who meet and do the unthinkable — they fall in love.

Black City marks the author’s debut novel. Richards is a journalist who spent her early career reviewing video games for a living before becoming a travel writer and editor, specializing in cruise holidays, despite suffering from terrible sea sickness.


  1. Mich67 says

    Anybody else getting a little sick of the young adult movies and tv series coming out lately? Seems like we are overrun with them and essentially they are all the same…Just another Twilght about two star crossed lovers from different worlds.

  2. says

    The younger audience hasn’t become as jaded with seeing the same movie over and over again, so that’s where some studios are aiming their money.

    Plus, as long as people can keep retelling “Romeo & Juliet”, they will. If a formula works, it’ll keep working… it’s the execution of the thing that you have to keep your eye on :)

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