CBS Films Acquires Rights to Futuristic Thriller ‘Legend’

Proposed trilogy focuses on a young Robin Hood figure fighting against a totalitarian society

CBS Films has acquired rights to Marie Lu’s futuristic thriller "Legend."

Penguin Group has set the series’ first novel for publication in November 2011. If the book hits with readers, then CBS Films could have a franchise on its hands. Lu has planned the novels as a trilogy. 

That's good news for CBS Films, which launched last year, but has seen it initial projects such as "Extraordinary Measures" and "The Back-Up Plan" fail to catch on with audiences. 

It's been a busy week for the studio. Earlier, it announced plans to partner with Warner Brothers to adapt Stephen King's "The Stand." 

Here's a a brief plot description of "Legend":

"In a dark future, North America has split into two warring nations. The story follows Day, a young Robin Hood, and June, the teen prodigy hired to hunt him down; together they uncover an impossible truth about their totalitarian leaders. The adventure that follows will become Legend."

Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey ("The Twilight Saga," "Dear John") will develop and produce. 

Senior Vice President of Production Maria Faillace and Creative Executive Ryan Conroy will oversee the project for CBS Films. CBS Films has the rights to the entire trilogy as well as any sequels and spinoffs. Lu, Bowen and Godfrey are represented by UTA.