Amazon Studios Adds a Horror Novel to Its Movie Development Slate
Amazon Studios is pleased to announce that it has optioned Seed, a gothic horror novel by acclaimed author Ania Ahlborn. This is a first for Amazon Studios, which up to this point has optioned only movie scripts and episodic series projects.
Seed is a top-selling title of 47North, the science fiction, fantasy, and horror imprint of Amazon Publishing. It’s the story of a man who miraculously survives a violent car crash only to face a profound evil from his past — a dark force hungry for his angelic youngest daughter.
“Our primary objective at Amazon Studios is to develop great, commercial projects that our customers love,” said Roy Price, Director, Amazon Studios. “Ania Ahlborn’s Seed has been a top seller for Amazon Publishing’s 47North so we already have a sense of the mainstream attraction of the story and are excited to keep the project in-house for movie development.”
The novel was recently the subject of Amazon Studios’ first book trailer contest. Check out the winner – “Grinning Demons” – selected by Ahlborn herself.
“The enthusiasm of the folks at Amazon Studios is infectious, and I can’t wait to see where that inspiration will lead us,” Ahlborn said. “Having Seed made into a movie is nothing short of a dream come true.”
Seed was released in mid-2011 as a self-published title and reached the No. 1 spot on Amazon bestselling horror list. The book was re-released in 2012 after Ahlborn restructured certain plot points and added more than 6,000 words to the manuscript.
More about the project:
By Ania Ahlborn
Logline: When Jack, his wife Aimee, and their children survive a violent car crash, it seems like a miracle. But Jack knows there’s a profound evil from his past that won’t let them die…at least not quickly. It’s back, and it’s hungry for Jack’s angelic youngest daughter.
Why we optioned it: It’s impossible not to be drawn into Ania’s story of a man struggling to save his daughter from the evil that he himself brought into her life. The characters are rich, the visuals arresting and it explores the fear we all have as parents – that we might pass the worst of us on to our children. This is the kind of slow burn, insidious horror story that Stephen King was known for in his heyday.
The Amazon Studios open-development process remains focused on movie and series scripts. However, the Amazon Studios development team will from time to time take a look at Amazon Publishing and Kindle Direct Publishing books.
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