CBS Films Acquires Screen Rights to Marie Lu’s LEGEND

Marie Lu Legend

Looks like LEGEND is going to be heading to the big screen. According to Deadline.com, CBS has acquired the rights to the futuristic novel trilogy by Marie Lu.

Producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight Saga) will produce the project through Temple Hill and the first book is set to be published this November by Penguin Group. UTA sold the movie rights.

The book portrays a dark future, with North America is split into two warring nations. Legend focuses on a young Robin Hood figure named Day, and June, the teenage prodigy who is hired to hunt him down. As their story progresses, the two of them will uncover the truth about their totalitarian leaders.

The project was brought in by CBS Films prexy/CEO Amy Baer and COO Wolfgang Hammer. It also marks the first preemptive deal made by Hammer since taking that post.

Meanwhile Lu will reportedly be involved in the scripting stage as an executive producer.

Said the author:

“The character of Day, a roguish teen outlaw on the run, has been in my head since high school. One night, I was watching an old time detective movie when the idea of Day vs. the gifted teen June came to me.”

Said Hammer:

“This project is a perfect example of theatrical content with enormous digital possibilities.”

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