vampire YA book gets optioned

Palomar Pictures Acquires Young Adult Series ‘Blood Of Eden’
Another young adult book series has been acquired in hopes that it will bring a new franchise for some lucky studio. This time it’s Julie Kagawa’s teen vampire series ‘Blood of Eden.’

Deadline is reporting that the production company Palomar Pictures (‘K-19: The Widowmaker’) has bought the screen rights to ‘Blood of Eden,’ a vampire genre book series written by Julie Kagawa. The first book in the series is called ‘The Immortal Rules’ which was just published yesterday.

Palomar exec Joni Sighvtsson says of the acquisition, “It’s simply a great story with an electrifying heroine. It makes the series an ideal subject for a film adaptation. Julie’s ability to familiarize the reader with this complex world in a few pages demonstrates the cinematic qualities of her imagination and complements my own sensibilities as a film producer.”

‘The Immortal Rules’ sounds like it could easily take the place of ‘The Twilight Saga’ once the last film of that movie franchise is released. In the novel, a deadly virus pretty much decimates all of humanity and vampires now rule the world. Here’s the book description:

You will kill. The only question is when.

In the dark days since the insidious Red Lung virus decimated the human population, vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities and suburbs. Uncontested Princes hold sway over diminished ranks of humans: their “pets.” In exchange for their labor, loyalty and of course, their blood, these pets are registered, given food and shelter, permitted to survive.

Unregistered humans cling to fringes, scavenging for survival. Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are hunted, not only by vampires, but by rabids, the unholy result of Red Lung-infected vampires feeding on unwary humans. One night, Allie is attacked by a pack of rabids, saved by an unlikely hero…and turned vampire.

Uncomfortable in her undead skin, Allie falls in with a ragtag crew of humans seeking a cure, or cures: for Rabidism and for Vampirism. She’s passing for human…for now. But the hunger is growing and will not be denied. Not for friendship—not even for love.

I like the mix of sci-fi and horror that’s in the storyline making this quite different than the usual run of the mill vampire “romance” story that we’re used to. The project is in development and no screenwriter has yet been hired to adapt the novel but once ‘Blood of Eden’ moves forward, we’ll let you know.

So what are your thoughts? Do you think this could be the next ‘Twilight?’


the heroine is supposed to be half-Asian...I hope they don't whitewash her.