Female Writer-Director Team take on Adaptation of YA Novel NEED 

The thriller-mystery YA novel NEED is being adapted for film and it’ll will be written and directed by females, because yes!

It was announced earlier this month that the movie rights to Joelle Charbonneau’s novel Need was bought by Covert Media. But what’s really cool is that it’s going to be written and directed by two females, actress/writer/director Samantha Buck and writer/director Marie Schlingmann.

The idea of having female in important jobs like this in the entertainment industry is still something for people to get used to, but we’re always excited when women hold leadership-type positions.

Covert Media will fully finance and produce the adaptation, which CEO Paul Hanson is thrilled to be taking on:

Need is a fan favorite YA novel that we know will make for an exciting and chilling look at the world of social media,” said Covert CEO Paul Hanson. “With the fresh perspective of the creative team we have in Samantha and Marie and the twists and turns of Joelle’s novel, this is a film that already has us on the edge of our seats.”


About the novel:

What do you really need?

One by one, the teens in Nottawa, Wisconsin, join the newest, hottest networking site and answer one question: What do you need? A new iPhone? Backstage passes to a concert? In exchange for a seemingly minor task, the NEED site will fulfill your request. Everyone is doing it. So why shouldn’t you?

Kaylee Dunham knows what she needs—a kidney for her sick brother. She doesn’t believe a social networking site can help, but it couldn’t hurt to try.

Or could it?

After making her request, Kaylee starts to realize the price that will have to be paid for her need to be met. The demands the site makes on users in exchange for their desires are escalating, and so is the body count. Will Kaylee be able to unravel the mystery of who created the NEED network before it destroys them all?

Order your copy of Need at Amazon.


By Molly

Molly is a proud Canadian who is currently attending university in Scotland. She loves to read, write, watch films, and talk about Sarah J. Maas books. If not snuggled up with a book, Molly can usually be found tapping at the dance studio, or writing yet another essay.

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