EXCLUSIVE: Screenwriter Amy Talkington has made a deal for her first novel with Soho Teen, the young adult imprint of Soho Press. The novel, Liv, Forever, will be published next March, and a film package is quickly being assembled that has Talkington attached to adapt and Offspring Entertainment producing. They will shop it to studios shortly. Talkington has a lot going on as a screenwriter, including scripting the Clay Weiner-directed Valley Girl at MGM, the Alex Timbers-directed Hotfuss at Disney and the Jonathan Levine-directed Under Cover at Lionsgate. The novel aspires to be Ghost for the Twilight generation. Liv Bloom is murdered shortly after arriving at a prestigious New England boarding school. Her spirit remains and with the help of two boys–one of whom she’s fallen for and the other she reluctantly is trusting–she tries to solve her own murder. Offspring’s Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot and Matt Smith are producing along with Arlook Group’s Richard Arlook. Talkington worked with Offspring on Hotfuss, which has also been called the untitled Shakespeare musical. The author is repped by UTA and Arlook Group.
Said Talkington: “I actually first imagined this story as a screenplay and had a very clear idea of that version before I realized it would make a great book. I decided to write it as a book first, something I’d always wanted to do. Writing the book helped me get completely immersed in this world, get to know the characters inside-out and also helped me to create a really layered ghost mythology and history that I’m not sure I would have found if I was first writing it as a script.”