Michael Grant‘s science-fiction thriller, BZRK (pronounced “berserk”), which was aptly described by one reviewer as “The Bourne Identity meets Hunger Games,” continues its journey toward the big screen. Sony Pictures acquired Grant’s trilogy in November 2011, and now Deadline reports that Michael Ross has been selected as the film’s screenwriter. Ross is best known for writing the 2006 backpacker-adventure-turned-bloody film, “Turistas.”
Set in the near future, BZRK is the story of a war for control of the human mind. Megalomaniac conjoined twins Charles and Benjamin Armstrong abuse their power as the owners of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation to rewire peoples’ minds using nanotechnology in a misguided attempt to establish a utopia. A renegade group of teens known as BZRK opposes the Armstrong brothers’ project, and fights to retain their free will. BZRK is the first in a three-book series, which was released in early 2012. Author Michael Grant is best known as co-creating the popular “Animorphs” series with his wife, author K. A. Applegate.
In the wake of the massive success of the first “Hunger Games” movie, studios have been acquiring the film rights to numerous popular Young Adult series, including Chaos Walking, The Alchemyst, The Maze Runner, Beautiful Creatures, and Legend. With plenty of entertaining books heading to theaters, moviegoers will have the ultimate say in which series is crowned the next big thing.
Does BZRK sound like it has the potential to succeed as a movie? What other Young Adult series have the potential to translate well as movies?