LOS ANGELES, CA, April 9, 2019 -Alcon Entertainment has acquired the rights to the popular young adult zombie fiction series Rot & Ruin from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry, it was announced by Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
Alcon purchased the film and television rights to all four installments of the series and will initially develop the first two books in the series as feature films.
Set in a zombie-infected America, Rot & Ruin follows young Benny Imura as he navigates a post-apocalyptic world in which teenagers are forced into slave labor or face starvation. When he instead chooses to join his older brother Tom as a zombie hunter, his expectations are upended as he instead discovers what it means to be human.
States Johnson and Kosove, "Maberry has crafted a gripping, fast paced universe with a distinctive balance of YA and broad appeal that we are eager and excited to explore. Adapting this series gives us the opportunity to breathe new life into the zombie genre and allows us to expand upon an established franchise with clear staying power and appeal."
Five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times best-selling writer, anthology editor, comic book author, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator, and writing teacher/lecturer. He was named one of Booklaunch's Top Ten Horror Writers Alive Today along with Stephen King and Dean Koontz and his books have been sold in more than two-dozen countries.
Published by Simon & Schuster, Rot & Ruin is the winner of many awards including two Bram Stoker Awards for Best Young Adult Fiction and the Cybils Award. The series has been featured on Booklist's Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults and is one of the American Library Associations' "Top Picks".
Maberry is repped by CAA, Paradigm, and Pippin Properties.