Embrace, Jessica Shirvington’s recently published opening novel in a young-adult book series hailed as a potential successor to Twilight, is headed to television. The CW has teamed with Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Television to adapt the book as a drama series eyed for next season.
Spielberg is reverting to the Amblin TV moniker he once used on ER. Since the 1994 launch of DreamWorks, his TV series had been produced under the DreamWorks TV banner. Now some existing series, like Smash and Falling Skies, will remain DreamWorks TV-branded, while others, like Borgias, Americans and Embrace, will be under the Amblin TV banner.
Bill Laurin and Glenn Davis will write Embrace, described as being in the vein of Buffy and The Vampire Diaries. It centers on twentysomething Violet Eden, who discovers that she is half-angel and the key to a centuries-old war between fallen angels and their earthly protectors. Laurin and Davis will executive produce alongside DreamWorksTV/Amblin TV co-co-presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.
I hear that CW and its topper Mark Pedowitz and Frank and Falvey simultaneously were chasing TV rights to the book before teaming to do the project together. The producers met with a handful of potential writers, and Laurin and Davis’ take landed them the job. Amblin will produce with CBS TV Studios.