1:26 am - 11/20/2012

Kelsey Grammer to Produce MTV YA Adaptation "Blackwood"

MTV buys mystery drama produced by Kelsey Grammer

“Blackwood” is from Lionsgate Television and Grammer’s Grammnet Prods. The program is based on a young adult book of that name by Gwenda Bond. “Blackwood” was published on the Strange Chemistry YA imprint of Angry Robot Books, a United Kingdom-based science fiction publisher.

Peter Calloway (“Brothers & Sisters”), a DC Comic book and television writer will pen the adaptation.

The story focuses on Miranda Blackwood, a 19-year-old who, after 114 people that include her father disappear off Roanoke Island, starts investigating. She teams with her high school sweetheart, but discovers she is at the center of the mystery, and also the disappearance of 114 people in America’s early days at The Lost Colony.

Grammer is best known for playing Dr. Frasier Crane on the TV shows “Cheers” and “Frasier.” He wil also appear in the upcoming film “Reach Me” alongside Kyra Sedgwick.

MTV may have been inspired by the success of its program “Teen Wolf.”

Calloway will exec produce along with Grammer, Stella Bulochnikov and Brian Sher from Grammnet. Brian Taylor, vice president of Gramnet, found the manuscript and got the rights for Grammnet and Lionsgate TV.

On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is just an outdoor drama for the tourists, a story people tell. But when the island faces the sudden disappearance of 114 people now, an unlikely pair of 17-year-olds may be the only hope of bringing them back.

Miranda, a misfit girl from the island’s most infamous family, and Phillips, an exiled teen criminal who hears the voices of the dead, must dodge everyone from federal agents to long-dead alchemists as they work to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony. The one thing they can’t dodge is each other.

xevochic 20th-Nov-2012 08:31 am (UTC)
Every summary I read for this book sounds boring as fuck.

Miranda is the "geeky outsider" version of the typical special snowflake. Phillips with an s for some reasonGary Stu is an apathetic special snowflake, genius, and annoying rebel. The two knew each other as children and Miranda's Severus Snape moment was Gary calling her a freak in front of zomg everyone. She promptly gets over this Life Changing Event™ after the two meet again, so you know they're gonna bone.

The two snowflakes solve a mystery with quips, magic, and the genius's knowledge of literally everything ever, because that's how intelligence works, right guys? No research ever involved. You know know stuff because stuff is knowable? That must be right since every "genius" in every medium does it. Meanwhile, the FBI is full of idiots who can't do their job and our outsmarted by teenagers.

Hopefully the show's version will be better.
sereniti_ii 20th-Nov-2012 08:33 am (UTC)
LOL I love your synopsis. TY bb.

Made any progress in Angelfall?
xevochic 20th-Nov-2012 08:42 am (UTC)
Blergh! You commented right as I was about to edit my stupid grammatical errors. haha

No, wait, I lied. This is the one that was online. haha Sorry, I confused it with another book that someone just rec'd to me. Yeah, I totally forgot about Angelfall. I have it bookmarked though. Thanks for reminding me. I need to add it to my reading list so I don't forget again. XD

Edited at 2012-11-20 08:47 am (UTC)
xevochic 20th-Nov-2012 08:42 am (UTC)
That should be and are not "and our". smh smh
winegums 20th-Nov-2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
this summary should have its own book deal lol
theratwhispers 20th-Nov-2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
the FBI is full of idiots who can't do their job and our outsmarted by teenagers.

xevochic 20th-Nov-2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
Are you laughing at the ~irony~ of my typo, Thesaurus Rex?
theratwhispers 20th-Nov-2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
It's early in for me, so I think I am giggling at the entire thing. But I totally get your point. I'm dying at the idea of FBI agents being outsmarted by 17 year olds.
xevochic 20th-Nov-2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
haha Well I'm glad you enjoyed it! :D
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