Alcon Entertainment has acquired the film and television rights to a young adult zombie fiction series Rot & Ruin by New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry.
Alcon bought all five installments from Simon & Schuster’s Rot & Ruin and plans to develop the first book for the big screen.
Rot & Ruin follows Benny Imura as he navigates a zombie-infected post-apocalyptic America in which teenagers are forced to find work or starve to death. When Benny reluctantly joins his brother Tom as an apprentice zombie hunter, his expectations are shattered as he instead discovers what it means to be human.
Alcon Entertainment co-founders Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove say, âMaberry has created a captivating and fast-paced universe with a distinctive YA balance and broad appeal that we are eager and eager to explore. Adapting this series gives us the opportunity to breathe new life into the zombie genre and allows us to develop an established franchise with clear stamina and appeal.
Maberry, a five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, is an anthology editor, comic book writer, magazine writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher / speaker. He was named one of Booklaunch’s ten best living horror writers along with Stephen King and Dean Koontz and his books have been sold in over two dozen countries. Rot & Ruin won two Bram Stoker Awards for Best Young Adult Fiction and the Cybils Award. Maberry is replaced by CAA and Sara Crowe from Pippin Properties.