〉 The novel, published in April, is one of Amazon’s ‘Best Books of the Year So Far’
The feature adaptation of WHEN WE WERE ANIMALS is moving forward at Sony Pictures, with Scott Rudin Productions coming on board to bring one of the year’s hottest literary properties to the big screen. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing the film, which will be based on the novel by Joshua Gaylord (aka Alden Bell).
When We Were Animals is told from the point of view of Lumen Fowler, who, as a grown woman, recounts her teenage years growing up in her small, peculiar hometown–a town that possesses a dark secret: for one year, beginning at puberty, every resident “breaches” during the full moon. On these nights, adolescents run wild, destroying everything in their path.
The story is a gothic coming-of-age tale for modern times that explores America’s heartland, appealing to young adults and their parents alike, with a mystery at its core that unfolds with a surprising twist.
Given the young, female lead at the center of the story and the slightly heightened reality of a quiet town in which children become inexplicably ‘feral’ during the full moon, When We Were Animals could land somewhere between The Hunger Games and Twilight tonally. While the novel hasn’t reached the epic sales numbers that those series garnered, it has developed a strong cult following as one of Amazon’s ‘Best Books of the Year So Far’.
Gaylord is the author of several novels, with many under the pseudonym Alden Bell, including The Reapers Are The Angels, Hummingbirds and Exit Kingdom.
With a powerful producer like Rudin leading the charge, a big name star’s attachment could be next big story for this promising project. For now, though, producers are on the hunt for the right screenwriter to draft the adaptation of Gaylord’s novel, and the right director to bring the strange world of When We Were Animals to life.
Josh Lyons | Staff Writer