Universal Secures Films Rights to Lauren Oliver’s Panic

Great news!! Lauren Oliver’s upcoming novel, Panic, has been option by Universal. The Wrap reports that film rights for the novel, which hits shelves next spring, were apparently the subject of a bidding war in which Universal came out victorious.

From The Wrap:

Universal Pictures landed the film rights to “Panic,” the next young adult novel from Lauren Oliver (“Delirium”), in a bidding war.

The seven-figure deal closed on Monday night, according to an individual familiar with the negotiations. HarperCollins imprint Harper Teen will publish the book in spring 2014.

Marc Platt will produce the project for Universal, which is keeping plot details under wraps. Maradith Frenkel, Universal’s VP of production, will oversee the project for the studio.

“Panic” is described as Oliver’s return to the realism and grittiness of her first novel “Before I Fall,” which was optioned in 2010 by Fox 2000.

“I’m thrilled about Universal’s enthusiasm and passion for the project, and excited about the chance to bring this story to the big screen,” said Oliver, who has earned a legion of fans for her New York Times bestselling “Delirium” trilogy.

We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available, but in the meantime, let us know what you think about this big news!