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.
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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.
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