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SYLO: Fox 2000 is making D.J. MacHale’s Book Trilogy into Films

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Sylo Film Adaptation is Coming. D.J. MacHale‘s young adult novel trilogy Sylo is being brought to movie screens by Fox 2000 and The Donners Company. Thor Freudenthal will direct Sylo and Marc Guggenheim will write the screenplay. These book rights being picked up for a film adaptation is of no surprise. Young adult books and trilogies are en vogue at the moment. Every movie studio wants the next The Hunger Games, The Twilight Saga, or Harry Potter on their docket.

On the companies and people behind-the-scenes of the Sylo acquisition and adaptation:

Fox 2000 and The Donners Company’s Lauren Shuler Donner have set up [the deal]…Shuler Donner and Donners’ production president Jack Leslie brought in a package that has Thor Freudenthal to direct and Marc Guggenheim to adapt. Shuler Donner and Leslie will produce.

Sylo‘s plot synopsis (from the book):

Does Tucker Pierce have what it takes to be a hero when the U.S. military quarantines his island?

Fourteen-year-old Tucker Pierce prefers to fly under the radar. He’s used to navigating around summer tourists in his hometown on idyllic Pemberwick Island, Maine. He’s content to sit on the sidelines as a backup player on the high school football team. And though his best friend Quinn tells him to “go for it,” he’s too chicken to ask Tori Sleeper on a date. There’s always tomorrow, he figures. Then Pemberwick Island is invaded by a mysterious branch of the U.S. military called SYLO. And sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option for Tucker, because tomorrow may never come.

It’s up to Tucker, Quinn, and Tori to uncover the truth about the singing aircraft that appears only at night—and the stranger named Feit who’s pushing a red crystal he calls the Ruby that brings unique powers to all who take it. Tucker and his friends must rescue not just Pemberwick Island, but the fate of the world—and all before tomorrow is too late.

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Source: Deadline, Goodreads


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