Children of Paranoia Film on the Way. CBS Films has acquired the rights to Trevor Shane‘s Young Adult (YA Series) novel Children of Paranoia. The adapted screenplay of Shane’s debut novel will by penned by Mark Verheiden, who is best known for his television screenwriting for shows such as Battlestar Galactica and Smallville. Akiva Goldsman will produce the film through his company Weed Road.
Paranoia focuses on a secret war – fought throughout the centuries in the shadows. The story specifically deals with assassinations passed off as accidents or acts of random violence. A male protagonist, a young assassin, is fighting for one side of the war and, per traditional forbidden love, falls in love with a woman from the opposing force. His new-found love makes him question his loyalties.
Paranoia is the first of a young adult trilogy and was released in August of 2012. CBS Film’s Vice President of Production, Mark Ross, and creative executive Alex Ginno are overseeing the book to film adaptations. Writers Verheiden and Shane are represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Verheiden is additional repped by United and Shane by Janklow & Nesbit.
Children of Paranoia will join the long list of growing Young Adult novels adapted for the screen. The science fiction adventure novel by Veronica Roth, Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley, will be released in March of 2014. The Hunger Games, starring Academy-Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, will release it’s second of four films, Catching Fire, in November of 2013. The Twilight Saga completed its five-year run last year in November of 2012.
Unlike Hunger Games or Divergent, the Children of Paranoia trilogy will return to the male protagonist but will similarly use romance as a key-driving element in both story and advertising. Another young adult film series focusing on a male protagonist is the Percy Jackson’s series written by Rick Riordan. The second film, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters will be released August 7, 2013.
While CBS Films has acquired rights for the Paranoia series no major casting movements have been made. No director has been set yet for the production. No release dates have been set for the remaining books of the Children of Paranoia series.
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