CBS Films Taps Two Writers for its Adaptation of Marie Lu’s Legend

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Everyone’s trying to find the next Twilight franchise for the big screen, and CBS Films is throwing its hat in the ring with an adaptation of Marie Lu’s upcoming dystopian novel Legend. CBS previously hired Jonathan Levine to direct and now has added two up-and-coming writers to pen the script.

Maria Lu's LegendPer The Hollywood Reporter Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari will be adapting Legend, which hits stores on November 29, 2011, from Putnam Children’s (Penguin Group), and Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of The Twilight Saga fame are producing.

Here’s the book’s synopsis courtesy of the official Marie Lu website:

The United States is gone, along with its flooded coasts. North America’s two warring nations, the western Republic and the eastern Colonies, have reached a breaking point. In the midst of this broken continent and dark new world are two teenagers who will go down in history ….

Born into the slums of the Republic’s Lake sector, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. A mysterious boy with no recorded image or fingerprints. A boy who should no longer exist. A boy who watches over his family until one evening, when the plague patrols mark his family’s door with an X–the sign of plague infection. A death sentence for any family too poor to afford the antidote. Desperate, Day has no choice; he must steal it.

Born to an elite family in the wealthy Ruby sector, fifteen-year-old June is the Republic’s most promising prodigy. A superintelligent girl destined for great things in the country’s highest military circles. Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country–until the day her brother Metias is murdered while on patrol during a break-in at the plague hospital.

Only one person could be responsible.


And now it’s June’s mission to hunt him down.

The truth they’ll uncover will become legend.

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