Reel FX and Strange Weather Set Brad Peyton to Direct Monument 14
Another young adult book-to-film adaptation is on its way, this time for the post-apocalyptic thriller Monument 14, which is the first installment in a trilogy to be completed by Emmy Laybourne. Brad Peyton will direct for Reel FX and Andrew Adamson’s Strange Weather.
Monument 14 was published this past June, and its follow-up, Monument 14: Sky on Fire, will be published next June by the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group imprint Feiwell & Friends.
Here's the book's synopsis:
Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.
In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.
Per Deadline, Reel FX, which has a partnership with Strange Weather, will produce alongside Adamson and Aron Warner, with Jeff Fierson exec producing and overseeing. Peyton most recently helmed Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and said, “As soon as I read the first chapter, I knew I wanted to do this movie. It’s such a great concept, and the kids felt real to me. The whole experience of living through the end of the world is an exciting one to try to capture on film, especially from such an original perspective.”
Strange Weather’s Warner said that Peyton is a strong match for the material. “He instinctively knows how to balance the intimate and the epic elements that make this project so unique.” They also have developed a rapport, as Peyton is also working on another big scale project, Invasion, with Strange Weather and Reel FX.
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