Alcon Entertainment has acquired film rights to Darkmouth, written by Irish author Shane Hegarty, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
Harper Collins' Children's Books upcoming series of comedic fantasy-adventure novels titled Darkmouth tells the story of the last town on Earth where monsters (known as Legends) still invade. Finn, the 12-year-old son of the last remaining Legend Hunter must follow in his father's footsteps and prepare for an epic battle to defeat the Legends as their terrifying leader plans a major attack on Earth. Unfortunately, Finn is one of the worst Legend Hunters in history.
Hegarty states: "I'm thrilled that the film rights forDarkmouthare in such amazing hands and am very excited by the vision Kira, Simon, Andrew and Broderick have for the material. It's going to be a great adventure!"
Simon Brooks (Love, Rosie) of Canyon Creek Films and 8:38's Kira Davis (Prisoners) will produce along with Kosove and Johnson. Brooks and Davis brought the project to Alcon.
Davis and Brooks state: "We are excited to develop this highly sought after series for the big screen with Andrew and Broderick. Shane has created an enthralling, magical world with fascinating warm unforgettable characters and his stories lend themselves perfectly to a cinematic telling."
Harper Collins Children's Books, which acquired rights to the series after a hotly contested auction at Bologna Book Fair 2013, will publish Hegarty's debut novel, Darkmouth #1: The Legends Begin, in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia at the end of January and in the US at the end of April.
Publishing rights forDarkmouthare sold to: UK, Ireland, USA, Canada. Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland,France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, Venezuela
Hegarty, was the Arts Editor of national newspaper TheIrish Times. A father to four children, he lives on the east coast of Ireland.
Hegarty is repped by Marianne Gunn O'Connor of The Marianne Gunn O'Connor Literary, Film and TV Agency.