Here's a little bit of scary news for your first week in October: Amazon Studios has optioned the rights to the popular horror novel SEED, written by Ania Ahlborn and published by Amazon Publishing's 47North Sci-fi/horror arm. Amazon Studios has added the project to its development slate and will begin testing various big screen adaptations of the "spine-tingling" Southern Gothic suspense tale soon.
"Our primary objective at Amazon Studios is to develop great, commercial projects that our customers love," said Roy Price, Director, Amazon Studios. "Ania Ahlborn’s SEED has been a top seller for Amazon Publishing’s 47North so we already have a sense of the mainstream attraction of the story and are excited to keep the project in-house for movie development."
Amazon said the move to option a novel in circulation is a first for Amazon Studios, which up to this point has optioned only movie scripts and episodic series projects submitted to Amazon Studios. SEED was originally released in mid-2011 as a self published title, and quickly became #1 on Amazon's bestselling list.
"SEED was re-released in 2012 after Ahlborn restructured certain plot points and added over six thousand words to the manuscript," Amazon said.
Here's a summary of what SEED is all about:
With nothing but the clothes on his back—and something horrific snapping at his heels—Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was still just a boy. Watching the world he knew vanish in a trucker’s rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever. But years later, the bright new future he’s built suddenly turns pitch black, as something fiendishly familiar looms dead ahead.
When Jack, his wife Aimee, and their two small children survive a violent car crash, it seems like a miracle. But Jack knows what he saw on the road that night, and it wasn’t divine intervention. The profound evil from his past won’t let them die…at least not quickly. It’s back, and it’s hungry; ready to make Jack pay for running, to work its malignant magic on his angelic youngest daughter, and to whisper a chilling promise: I’ve always been here, and I’ll never leave.