YA Science Fiction is being adapted to film and tv in hoards right now. According to Empire Lindsay Devlin is working on the screenplay for Reboot written by author Amy Tintera.
The high-concept story seems to be a dark sci-fi romance. The premise is a future in which dead people can be reanimated as the titular ‘Reboots’, with the catch that the longer you’ve been dead, the more of your humanity you’ll have lost by the time you come back. Seventeen year-old protagonist Wren Connolly was shot and couldn’t be revived for three hours, making her an emotionless terminator on her return. So she obviously joined the military.
She’s then tasked with training new recruit Callum Reyes, who was brought back after only a matter of minutes and therefore still has his humanity more or less intact. Deemed useless due to his pesky emotions and tendency to ask questions, he’s targeted for retirement (read: execution – permanent this time). Wren, however, is feeling stirrings for Callum in places that haven’t stirred since she was alive, and for the first time finds herself unable to carry out an order.
As we said, the book’s not out yet, so it’s too early to call whether this wil turn out to be the movie of a massive bestseller. Fox clearly see Hunger Games potential in the set-up however, making it a reasonably high-profile studio debut for Devlin. A former executive, she turned her hand to screenwriting and picked up some attention with a spec horror script called Nocturne. She’s also written a developing modern-day Sleeping Beauty that possibly has Hailee Steinfeld attached to star.