Dolphin Entertainment’s Dolphin Films imprint is getting into the dystopian young adult fiction game, having secured the rights to author Mary E. Pearson’s Jenna Fox Chronicles trilogy, as well as the adapted screenplay of the trilogy’s first novel The Adoration of Jenna Fox, written by Garry Williams.
Set in the near future, a time of antibiotic-resistant bacterial diseases and devastating natural disasters, the series follows Jenna Fox, a teenager who wakes from a year-long coma with no memory of what happened to her or who she is. As she struggles to remember her life, she discovers strange inconsistencies and experiences increasingly troubled interactions with the people who knew her, learning that the answers may have severe consequences for her, her family and friends, and society at large.
The Adoration of Jenna Fox was a hit for Pearson when it was published in 2008, winning numerous awards including the Kirkus Best Young Adult Book and the Golden Kite Honor Award. Exploring themes including memory, identity and the role of science in society, it was followed by the novels Fox Inheritance and Fox Forever.
YA fiction remains a good prospect for film studios. In addition to the juggernaut that is the $2.307 billion-earning Hunger Games series, both the lesser-earning Divergent series, which has so far made $585.75 million, and the Maze Runner series, currently having brought in $580 million, constitute significant returns on investment for their studios taking budget into account. In that context, the relative failure of The Mortal Instruments is somewhat of an anomaly.
The film version of The Adoration of Jenna Fox is being produced by Dolphin Films, with Dolphin Films CEO Bill O’Dowd and Julia Pistor (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Spiderwick Chronicles) producing. Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio represented the book, with film and television rights handled by Jason Dravis of The Dravis Agency. Domestic theatrical release is slated for some time in 2017.
Launched by Dolphin Entertainment in 2013, previous Dolphin Films projects include Max Steel and Justin Beiber’s Believe.