In a bit of serendipitous deal-making fit for a Hollywood movie, former Paradigm assistant Amy Tintera's old employer sold film rights to her debut novel, Reboot, which has also just sold to HarperTeen. Kari Sutherland bought North American rights to the book, winning a four-way auction, after Paradigm's Lucy Stille closed a preempt on the film rights from Fox 2000.
Variety reported the film deal over the weekend, and the book deal, which Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong handled, closed just before the film rights sold. Morgen said it was pure coincidence that the film rights to Tintera's book were handled by her former employer.
The book deal, which concludes as a flurry of books for children and teens hit the market in the run-up to the Bologna Book Fair (which starts on March 19), was for mid-six figures. The novel, the first in a series, follows two teenagers who die and are then "re-booted" in order to serve as soldiers in a futuristic world which is at war; the pair fall in love as they attempt to save their own kind.
Tintera grew up in Texas, where the book is also set, and got a master's degree at Emerson. Whitney Lee of the Fielding Agency is handling foreign rights.