by: Madison Barnes
Screenwriter Nicole Riegel is adapting the sensational literary trilogy SLATED by British author Teri Terry. (Yes, that’s her real name). The project is currently set up between Disruption and Prescience Entertainment, with Mary Parent and Paul Brett producing. It’s sure to get a studio distribution deal along the way, and hopefully turn into a successful franchise aimed at young adult audiences.
The story centers on Kyla, a young government operative who’s been told she was a former terrorist, and that she’s getting a second chance at life. He memory has been “slated” (completely erased) and as long as she plays by the government’s rules, everything will be fine. Drama ensues, however, when a whispering in Kyla’s mind tells her that something is wrong, that not everything is what it seems, and that there must be more to her life than what the government is telling her.
It is very much in the vein of the “Bourne” series, but for a younger, more emotional “tween” audience. It is also vaguely reminiscent of the 2011 film “Hanna” starring Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan, and Eric Bana. Hopefully there is a new twist somewhere in this young adult series that sets it apart from the other stories about children being used as secret government operatives, but something tells me it will be more in the vein of “Twilight” than I would hope. Only time will tell, as this is sure to make waves on both sides of the pond, and set up a future franchise for whatever studio becomes involved.
Stay tuned to the Tracking Board for more updates on the project.