DiGa is set to reimagine classic literary monsters in a high school setting.
But rather than begin with television, where co-founders Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley have made their careers, DiGa is starting with books. The New York-based production company has inked a three-book deal with Macmillan Children's Feiwel and Friends imprint for a High School Horror Story collection written by veteran YA author Chandler Baker. The first book, tentatively titled Teen Frankenstein, is expected to be published in the fall of 2015.
With the literary world driving more and more television ideas, we wanted to develop our own franchises that begin on pages of a novel before ever being imagined for television. It is taking what we did with Teen Wolf and backing up the truck, so to speak, allowing a book to be the point of inception rather than a screenplay,” said Gateley, whose other credits include Laguna Beach, The Hills and Teen Mom.
The High School Horror series will be set in Paris, Texas, with book No. 1 drawing inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, told through the lens of a teenage girl who falls in love with the popular classmate she both accidentally kills and then brings back to life. Future books in the series will follow interconnected characters in the same small town high school and will modernize such classics as Jekyll & Hyde and Phantom of the Opera.
Added Jean Feiwel, senior vp and director of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group: “I love a damaged, romantic hero and Teen Frankenstein definitely fits the bill.”