by: Austin Welch source: press release
Could a new franchise be in the making?
Paramount Pictures sent us this press release regarding the optioning of the 1983 novel Earthseed, by Pamela Sargent. The sci-fi tale is the first in a trilogy, so Paramount could very well have a new franchise on their hands. It will be penned by Melissa Rosenberg, who has written for Dexter, all five Twilight films, and the upcoming Highlander reboot.
For Immediate Release PARAMOUNT PICTURES OPTIONS EARTHSEED HOLLYWOOD, CA (March 29, 2011) - Paramount Pictures Film Group President Adam Goodman today announced that the studio has optioned the novel EARTHSEED, with Melissa Rosenberg ("Twilight," "Dexter," "Highlander") attached to pen the script and produce through her Tall Girls Productions. Set in the future, Earthseed, written in 1983 by Pamela Sargent, was the first book in the young adult trilogy that also included Farseed, published in 2007, and Seed Seeker, published in 2010. The plot centers around a group of teenagers who have been born without traditional parents from the genetic bank of a spaceship. Earthseed is a Tor Book, Published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC. "Ever since I was a kid, it's been a goal of mine to see EARTHSEED get to the screen in an awesome way. To have Melissa Rosenberg and her Tall Girls company writing and producing this material is truly a dream. There is no better voice for this material, in fact I just want to see the movie now!!!" Said Goodman. Said Rosenberg: "EARTHSEED is an incredibly compelling world and I'm excited to dive into it. The film's premise easily lends itself to an exciting franchise with plenty of room for invention and humor. I'm drawn to complex female characters in compelling high concept stories, and this is the perfect first movie for me to produce under my Tall Girls Productions banner." Rosenberg has scripted all five Twilight films and is currently writing "Highlander" for Summit. She is also actively developing "AKA Jessica Jones" for ABC and has spent four years as producer and head writer on Showtime's "Dexter." She is repped by UTA and 3 Arts Management. About Paramount Pictures Corporation Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group and Paramount Television & Digital Distribution.