Universal Adapting “Arclight”

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Hoping to find the next Hunger Games or Twilight, Universal Pictures has purchased the rights to the young adult novel Arclight.

Based on the forthcoming novel by Josin L. McQuein, the sci-fi YA novel is set in a post-apocalyptic future where the remnants of humanity are hunkered down in an outpost protected by a wall of light named Arclight, hiding from creatures known as the Fade. Into this enclave enters a lone teenage girl with no memory of who she is and how she survived in what is called the Dark but one who holds the key to its survival.

Publisher Greenwillow Books made a big investment in the title, paying McQuein $500,000 in 2011 in a two-book deal. The book is due to hit shelves April 23, 2013.

Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer is on board to produce while Matthew Sand, best known for writing the 2009 Wachowski-produced action movie Ninja Assassin, will pen the screenplay.

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