This week in Page to Screen—PW's weekly column tracking film rights circulating and sold in Hollywood—a YA zombie thriller gets fast-tracked and the scouts wonder whether the next Bridget Jones is upon us.
Alan Nevins of Renaissance Literary & Talent has just closed film rights on Carrie Ryan's YA novel, The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Nevins, who brokered the deal on behalf of Jim McCarthy at Dystel Literary, sold the book, which Delacorte Books for Young Readers published in March, to Seven Star Pictures (K-11, forthcoming). Nevins said the book, a post-apocalyptic zombie thriller about a girl who lives in a religious community in the woods and is equally worried about a zombie invasion and her planned marriage, is in line to "do for zombies what Twilight did for vampires." Supposedly Seven Star is developing the project for an-as-yet-unnamed A-list starlet, and fast-tracking the project with a first draft of the screenplay already in the works.
The second coming of Bridget Jones? Some film scouts think Lucy-Anne Holmes's 50 Ways to Find a Lover, which Pan Macmillan published in the U.K. in March, might be just that. Holmes, a British actress who turned her exploits as a single thirtysomething into a popular blog, www.spinstersquest.com, is certainly being pushed hard in Britain as the next Helen Fielding. 50 Ways, which spins Holmes's background into a fictional yarn about a just-turned-30 actress who blogs about being unlucky in love, has yet to sell in the U.S.; Claudia Ballard at William Morris is handling the lit rights. Caroline Taylor in the U.K., who's shopping the dramatic rights has, according to another agent at William Morris, already received a number of TV offers.