With Harry Potter and Twilight heading into their golden years, which young adult franchises will take their place? Fan interest in Lionsgate’s Hunger Games has already taken off, thanks to canny producer Nina Jacobson, who developed the project. Now Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman is planting his flag on Pamela Sargent’s 1983 novel Earthseed, with screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight, Dexter) signed to adapt and produce through her new company, Tall Girls Productions. Remember, Paramount originally developed Twilight but let it go; Summit brought in Rosenberg and Catherine Hardwicke, who hewed closer to the Stephenie Meyer books.
Earthseed is the first book in a young adult trilogy including Farseed (2007) and Seed Seeker (2010). It’s about a future group of teens who are spawned without parents from a genetic bank on Ship, which is cruising the galaxies to settle another planet. Goodman has been a fan of the series since he was a kid. “The film’s premise easily lends itself to an exciting franchise with plenty of room for invention and humor,” says Rosenberg. “I’m drawn to complex female characters in compelling high concept stories, and this is the perfect first movie for me to produce.”