CBS Films said it has secured rights to the trilogy of Atlantis sci-fi novels by A.G. Riddle, a serious deal for a self-published series that has been a fixture on Amazon‘s eBook sales charts. The first book in the series, The Atlantis Gene, was published in March 2013, and the plot revolves around a brilliant geneticist and an international counterterrorism agent who team to thwart a global pandemic and solve the greatest mystery of all time: the truth behind the origins of humanity. The Atlantis Plague followed in November 2013, and last month came The Atlantis World; the first and third books are currently in the Amazon eBook Top 12 in the sci-fi/fantasy category.
Creative exec Winnie Kemp is overseeing for CBS Films, which has on deck the Daniel Radcliffe-Zoe Kazan romantic comedy What If set for an August 1 release. The company is also behind The Duff, the adaptation of the Kody Keplinger novel that Ari Sandel will direct. Allison Janney, Romany Malco, Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne and Ken Jeong star in the coming-of-age pic that shoots this summer.