Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Good Universe have acquired multipicture rights to Susan Ee’s bestselling book series “Angelfall,” Good Universe announced on Wednesday.
Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man” trilogy) and Rob Tapert (“The Possession”) will produce the feature film adaptation. Joe Drake (“Hunger Games”) and Nathan Kahane (“Hope Springs”) will executive produce.
Initially self-published, this fantasy novel was released in the fall of 2011 through Amazon Children’s Publishing, after being courted by multiple publishing houses.
“Angelfall” became an instant success across a broad demographic of readers resonating with the ravenous young adult crowd as well as adults.
The book ranked number one on Amazon’s Most Wished for Teen Book list and number one best seller in Sci-fi & Fantasy. Susan Ee is a lawyer turned writer, and “Angelfall” is her debut novel. The second book in the series will release in Fall 2013.
Sam Raimi said, “Susan is a brilliant writer. She has created a fantastic world with instantly engaging and real characters. I immediately connected with the material and knew that she had conceived the perfect combination for a great fantasy film.”
Lucy Stille of Paradigm brokered the deal on behalf of Susan Ee whose book she first read as a self-published e-book. The deal was negotiated for the producers by Dan Freedman. Aaron Lam brought the book to the producers. Nicole Brown will oversee for Good Universe.