In 1846, a group of pioneers wound up snowbound in the Sierra Nevada and some resorted to cannibalism in order to survive. Throw a Walking Dead twist into this tragic tale, and that’s the book proposal, titled THE HUNGER, to which 20th Century Fox has acquired the rights with plans to develop into a feature film from writer-director Luke Scott.
Former CIA analyst Alma Katsu is writing the fictionalized novel about the Donner Party, which is being developed by Paper Lantern Lit and published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, who won the publishing rights in a six-figure deal. It will be published sometime in 2018. Katsu is the author of The Taker trilogy, comprised of The Taker, The Reckoning, and The Descent.
Scott’s father, famed director Ridley Scott, will be producing the film adaptation with his company Scott Free. Paper Lantern Lit co-founders Lauren Oliver and Lexa Hillyer will be executive producing.
Scott has previously worked as a second unit and art director on his father’s films and shot the viral marketing for The Martian and Prometheus. He will also work on the upcoming Alien: Covenant. He will make his directorial debut with Morgan, which stars Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rose Leslie, Paul Giamatti, and is set to be released by Fox on September 2.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.