EXCLUSIVE: Universal Cable Productions has optioned author Catherine Linka’s debut novel A Girl Called Fearless and its forthcoming sequel, A Girl Undone, to develop the stories into a series. Linka’s A Girl Called Fearless is set in an alternate future America where a synthetic beef hormone has wiped out millions of women and turned teenage girls into a valuable commodity to be “protected & contracted.” When she is “contracted” into marriage as a political pawn, Avie Reveare flees to Canada but is torn between her love and her freedom. Amy Baer’s Gidden Media, Peter Donaldson of Donaldson Media & Consulting, and R.D. Robb and Brad Luff of Station 3 Entertainment are producing.

a girl called fearlessA Girl Called Fearless is a thought-provoking story about a patriarchal future America that is both frightening and romantic,” said Olmstead, UCP’s EVP, Development. “It’s in the sweet spot of the Young Adult genre, featuring a riveting female protagonist in the spirit of Divergent or The Hunger Games.” Linka is represented by manager/producer Donaldson for film and television, Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary Agency for publishing, and attorney Adam Rosen at One LLP. A Girl Undone is due on shelves on May 5, 2015.