Bold Films is stepping into the YA ring with the acquisition of Patrick Carman’s 2010 novel Thirteen Days to Midnight. Combining themes of super powers, ancient conspiracies and growing into adulthood, the story is a dark morality tale centered on Jacob Fielding, a teenager who receives incredible power when his foster father whispers to him “you are indestructible.” That power however comes with a dark history that Jacob must discover to keep himself and his friends alive.
Bold Films is financing and will produce the feature film adaptation, and has tapped Mike Flanagan (Oculus) and Kate Siegel (Hush) to write the current draft of the script. An earlier draft was written by Ryan Engle (Non-Stop). Trevor Macy (Oculus, Safe House) developed the script and will produce for Intrepid Pictures. Bold Films chairman Michel Litvak (Whiplash, Nightcrawler) will produce for the company, with Bold CEO Gary Michael Walters executive producing along with Marc D. Evans. The deal was negotiated for Bold Films by SVP Business and Legal Affairs Karen Barna, and for Intrepid by Glenn D. Feig of Reder & Feig.
Patrick Carman is a New York Times best-selling children’s author with more than 30 titles to his name. In addition toMidnight, his other books being developed for film include: Floors, for Disney;Evermore, for Amblin; and Escape the Room, for Blumhouse and Universal. He’s repped by Susan Schulman. Engle is repped by Chris Sablan at Original Artists and Michael Lasker and Langley Perer at Mosaic; Flanagan is reppped by WME and Joel VanderKloot at Nelson Davis; Siegel is repped by TCA Jed Root, Industry Entertainment and Joel VanderKloot at Nelson Davis.
I listened to Yes Please by Amy Poehler during my drive to Montana. Recommended! Surprisingly full of good advice for creatives, and her reading cracked me up. One nugget I’ll share:
Great people do things before they are ready.
I think this is especially true in the arts. Whether it’s acting, painting, writing, or whatever – taking risks is one of the most important ways to grow at the beginning. Finding your way is going to involve falling on your face, feeling embarrassed, getting up, and keeping at it. I still remember how unready (is that a word?) I was when I handed the Land of Elyon to my local librarian. Let’s just say the meeting for coffee a week later did not go well. And touring was the same. I was so nervous the first time I stood in front of a group of kids and teachers. It’s a miracle I didn’t melt into a gloppy fear blob. But I soldiered on. I wasn’t ready to be a writer, I knew that. Thirty books later, I don’t know if I’m great, but I know that I’m pretty good. If I had waited until I was ready, I’d still be waiting.
Go forth and fall on your faces, newbies! It won’t last forever. And the sooner you get it over with the sooner you WILL be ready.