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Warner Bros wins film rights to Chris Weitz's The Young World novel

A Better Life

Story by Jack Foley

DIRECTOR turned author Chris Weitz’s young adult novel The Young World is heading for the big screen even before it’s been published.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros has won the film rights to the novel, which will be published later this year (2013).

The book is the first in an original trilogy of post-apocalyptic stories, which focus on teenage survivors who inherit a destroyed earth in the wake of a cataclysmic event that kills off every person on Earth not between the ages of 12 and 21.

Ill-equipped to restore society to working order, the surviving residents of New York City must try to rebuild their world from the ground up.

Little Brown has publishing rights and is expecting the novel to become a huge hit with readers.

As a director, Weitz is best known for the failed film adaptation of the novel The Golden Compass, as well as the film adaptation of The Twilight Saga: New Moon (which grossed more than $700 million worldwide).

But he’s also adept at telling more intimate, personal stories as a filmmaker, the most recent of which was 2011’s excellent A Better Life, for which Demian Bichir was nominated for a best actor Oscar.

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