HarperCollins imprint Blink YA Books has acquired publishing rights to Devastation Class, the sci-fi book series penned by Glen Zipper and Elaine Mongeon. That’s the project to which Greg Silverman’s Stampede snapped up rights last fall with an eye on a feature film adaptation. That came before any publishing deal; now, the new two-book pact calls for a 2020 street date.
The plot follows an unlikely group of young cadets forced to mutiny aboard a revolutionary starship to save themselves from an annihilation force of invading aliens. When their escape transports them to a reality they don’t recognize and reveals unimaginably terrifying secrets, they must fight their way home to save not just everyone they love — but also all of human civilization. Standing in their way is an insurmountable enemy, a mystery eons in the making and the fabric of time and space itself.
Charlie Olsen of InkWell Management brokered the deal for world English rights with Blink editor Hannah VanVels.
As for the movie, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lindsay Williams of Gotham Group and Amy Nickin and Lee Goldberg of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz negotiated the rights deal with Stampede. At the time, Zipper and Mongeon said: “Having bonded over films like Star Wars, Alien and The Last Starfighter long before we ever dreamed of writing a novel, the opportunity to bring Devastation Class to the big screen as a mind-bending space epic is truly the realization of our dreams.”
Zipper is repped by CAA, Gotham Group and InkWell. Mongeon is with Gotham Group, APA, Frankfurt Kurnit and InkWell.