Sony Pictures has nabbed the heavily buzzed-about teen romance novel FLOWER, out from Alloy Entertainment. The YA story, which has been described as Fifty Shades of Grey for teens, centers on a young latina girl whose academic career is thrown into jeopardy when she falls for Tate Collins, a mysterious singer. Alloy’s Elysa Dutton brought the project to the studio and will produce, while Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony.
Flower, described by the publisher as an “intense story of longing and forbidden desire,” was written by Elizabeth Craft and Shea Olsen. The novel follows Charlotte, a high school student who works at a flower shop and dreams of being Valedictorian. Swearing off men, Charlotte sets her sights on attending college and makes a promise to herself not to fall pray to the charms of boys. Until she meets Tate Collins – a famous bad boy popstar – who’s desired by every high school girl across the country. After a fateful encounter, Tate becomes intent on making Charlotte his, igniting a hidden passion within them both. As Charlotte strives to stay true to her promise, she can’t help but find herself succumbing to her desires.
The contemporary teen romance is set to hit shelves in July of 2016, with North American rights handled by Harlequin Teen. The book has also been sold to territories in Brazil, Germany, Greece, and Norway. Annie Stone and Josh Bank at Alloy brokered the deal with the authors and Harlequin Teen back in October of 2014.
Craft is known for her work in the television space, having written for hit series like The Shield, Angel, and Lie To Me. She’s also served as a co-executive producer on Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, a consulting producer on The Vampire Diaries and 666 Park Avenue, and was an executive producer on The 100, which is about to begin its third season. Craft also co-wrote the novel Bass Ackwards and Belly Up, along with its sequel Footfree and Fancyloose, with frequent collaborator Sarah Fain. Along with Fain, Craft is next producing the ABC midseason mystery/drama The Family.
Flower marks the debut novel for Olsen, who is a member of “The Sweet Sixteens,” a group of young adult and middle grade authors that make their literary debuts in 2016.
Alloy, the shingle behind the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films, is best known for their television work. Alloy’s responsible for a majority of the hit series adaptations of popular YA books, including Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, The 100, The Originals, Significant Mother, and the mega-successful Pretty Little Liars. The company has a number of feature projects set up at New Line, Universal, Lionsgate, and Warner Bros..
Clark Allen | Associate Editor