Alcon Entertainment has purchased film and TV rights for Jonathan Maberry’s young adult zombie series, Rot & Ruin, with plans to develop the first book for the big screen, Deadline reports today.
Published by Simon & Schuster, the Rot & Ruin series currently includes five novels from the New York Times best-selling author.
Rot & Ruin follows Benny Imura as he navigates a post-apocalyptic zombie-infected America in which teenagers are forced to find labor or face starvation. When Benny grudgingly joins his brother Tom as an apprentice zombie hunter, his expectations are upended as he instead discovers what it means to be human.
“Maberry has crafted a gripping, fast paced universe with a distinctive balance of YA and broad appeal that we are eager and excited to explore. Adapting this series gives us the opportunity to breathe new life into the zombie genre and allows us to expand upon an established franchise with clear staying power and appeal,” said Alcon Entertainment co-founders Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.