Komixx Options the Rights to Thriller Novel, UNDER, From Bestselling Author Kelly Anne Blount
May 25, 2016
Set in Ashville, North Carolina, UNDER tells the story of Caden whose carefully calculated life is spinning out of control. His latest infatuation, Hadley Jasper, is recovering from a devastating accident, which left her twin brother dead. After weeks of stalking Hadley, Caden is ready to make his move. After kidnapping her, unforeseen circumstances force him to take refuge in his family home. This sends Caden down a terrifying rabbit hole as the depth of his turbulent journey starts to unfold.
Komixx discovered UNDER through social storytelling community Wattpad, which draws a monthly audience of over 45 million. Published by esteemed Wattpad author Kelly Anne Blount, who has attracted over 12 million reads in under two years, UNDER follows her debut award-winning thriller CAPTURED, also published on Wattpad which garnered global reads of over 11 million.
Andrew Cole-Bulgin, joint CEO and Head of Film & TV, Komixx Media Group, says, “We are always looking at new ways to discover compelling and popular content, which we can develop into film or TV series. We found UNDER having tracked numerous data trends and Kelly is such a talented writer it soon became apparent that it would make for a valuable and lucrative investment. It has such a captivating and engaging story that will make for great viewing to audiences across the globe.”
Kelly Anne Blount, Author, UNDER, says,“I knew from the moment I spoke to Andrew and Ed about UNDER, that they would be the perfect fit for my dark and twisted project. Their vision coupled with the talent they bring to the table is unbeatable. The icing on the cake is that they completely understand the impact Wattpad is having on the world of entertainment. I’m incredibly excited to see where they take UNDER.”
Komixx has a strong track record in selecting and developing IP for the young adult market. UNDER will add to the raft of bestselling young adult fiction rights currently in development, which includes The Winter Horses by New York Times bestselling author, Philip Kerr, Fearless from award-winning author Emma Pass and teen-author Beth Reekles’ The Kissing Booth, which attracted 19 million reads on Wattpad. Komixx has already started development for both The Kissing Booth and Fearless.
The script for The Kissing Booth has been completed by Vince Marcello, known for Teen Beach Movie (2013), Zombie Prom (2006) and Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight (2014) and, Fearless has been adapted for screen by Australian scriptwriter, Justine Juel Gillmer, best known for her work on one of Australia’s favourite TV dramas, McLeod’s Daughters (2001) as well as The 100 (2014) and Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures (2014).