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Kate Alice Marshall’s I AM STILL ALIVE Optioned, Ben Affleck To Co-Star

Prepare to journey into the wild as I AM STILL ALIVE heads to the big screen!

After a multi-studio bidding war, Kate Alice Marshall‘s YA survival and revenge thriller I Am Still Alive has been optioned for film in what is likely to be the latest major adaptation news before the new year.

Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to the story, which follows an everyday teenager named Jess after her mother dies in a car crash and she moves in with her reclusive father, who lives off-the-grid in the Canadian wilderness. Jess struggles to adapt to being with her long-absent father and living off the land as is, but when tragedy strikes, she finds her skills tested as she traverses the vast, deadly forest with no one but her father’s dog to help her. Along the way, she’ll discover the true strength that exists within her… and maybe even get some revenge.

According to Deadline, Ben Affleck is set to play Jess’ father in the project, which will be produced by his Pearl Street Films banner with a script by Lori Evans Taylor.

The news thus far does not include an actress for the starring role nor a potential production or release period, but we’ll keep you updated as news rolls in. In the meantime, you can snag I Am Still Alive, the novel, via Amazon or Indiebound!

After: Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she doesn’t act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive–for now.

Before: Jess hadn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded.

After: With only her father’s dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she’s stronger than she ever imagined.

Jess will survive. She has to. She knows who killed her father…and she wants revenge.

By Kait

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary