Lionsgate is set to adapt Anna Carey’s newest YA novel, BLACKBIRD!
As a competitive bidding war between movie studios comes to a close, one thing is sure: Anna Carey’s BLACKBIRD is on the road to becoming a film! According to Deadline, Lionsgate is currently securing the rights to the young adult thriller and has already tapped rookie screenwriter Danny Mackey (SCHOOL OF FEAR) to adapt the script.
BLACKBIRD gained a lot of attention after its publication in September of 2014 because of its unusual writing style: Everything is in second person present, like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book without the decision making. We imagine the film, which follows a girl who wakes up in a subway with no memory except the knowledge that someone is out to kill her, will take a more traditional approach.
A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her.
On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined.
Lionsgate’s bid for BLACKBIRD is no surprise, as the studio has clearly staked its success largely in the Young Adult audience following the success of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT franchises. They are also currently adapting the YA novel NERVE, which will star Emma Roberts and Dave Franco.