Yes, it’s time for yet another young adult novel to get acquired by a major studio. This time out, the lucky property is The Planet Thieves, a forthcoming tale written by Dan Krokos whose adaptation is being produced by David Heyman‘s Heyday Films and Benderspink; the former’s involvement is plenty appropriate, seeing as a few have labeled it “Harry Potter set in space.” (No, not a horribly misconceived franchise continuation.)
My mind, first and foremost, goes to Ender’s Game, thanks to this description from the book’s official site:
“When the crew of the SS Egypt gets massacred by an alien race, Mason Stark, a thirteen-year-old cadet in the Earth Space Command, must lead his fellow cadets in a daring surprise attack to retake the ship, and recover a stolen technology that could spell the end of planet Earth.”
Not exactly like the Orson Scott Card novel — nor, I’d presume, the forthcoming Gavin Hood film — though it certainly leans more toward that than the collective works of J.K. Rowling. But the basics of a decent adventure story are in that outline, anyhow, tired as I may be of the whole “young person saves the day” trend. As of now, it’s got the benefit of whatever necessary doubt may be in place.
Does The Planet Thieves show any reason to earn your attention?
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