BRUNA PAPANDREA'S MADE UP STORIES PARTNERS WITH JOHN CAMERON TO DEVELOP MARIE LU'S "WARCROSS" FOR TELEVISION
LOS ANGELES, CA (September 10, 2020) - Bruna Papandrea's Made Up Stories and Emmy(R)-winning producer John Cameron have optioned the rights to adapt Marie Lu's New York Times bestselling novel Warcross as a television series. Papandrea and Cameron will both executive produce, with Cameron slated to direct the pilot. Made Up Stories' Steve Hutensky and Casey Haver will also serve as executive producers, with Janice Park producing. Adam Lash and Cori Uchida, both of whom previously worked on ALTERED CARBON and REPRISAL, will write and executive produce the series which will be developed in partnership with Endeavor Content, which has overall relationship deals with both Made Up Stories and John Cameron.
Lu, who will also serve as an executive producer, is the author of the blockbuster bestselling Legend series and the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Young Elites. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked in video games, which makes Warcross, the YA sci-fi thriller published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers in September 2017, about a game called Warcross, even more vibrant.
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn't just a game-it's a way of life. When a young hacker, Emika Chen, accidentally glitches herself in the game and becomes an overnight sensation, her world is turned upside down and changed forever.
"Marie's action-packed novel is unlike any other I have read. From the virtual world of Warcross which feels like a real possibility with the advancement of technology, to the fiery heroine of Emika and the unexpected narrative twists, Warcross immersed me on a such an engaging journey" Papandrea said. "This is going to be a very fun and visually dynamic show to create."
Cameron further stated, "From the moment I started Marie's inventive novel I was captivated by its high-adrenaline plot, its immersive world creation, and enthralled with its beguiling and complicated young heroine Emika Chen. At its heart, her story is a near-future romantic thriller, in both real and virtual worlds, and I couldn't be more excited to help bring it to life onscreen."
"As a massive fan of so many of the stories that Bruna Papandrea, Made Up Stories, and John Cameron have produced, I am delighted and deeply honored to have Warcross in their talented hands," Lu said. They are masters of their craft in every way; every story they have brought to life has been done with exquisite care. I can't wait to collaborate and see them work their magic on Emika, Hideo, and the world of Warcross."
Lu is represented by Kassie Evashevski of Anonymous Content, Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency, and attorney Wayne Alexander of Alexander, Lawrence, Frumes & Labowitz, LLP. Lash and Uchida are represented by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content and Hansen Jacobsen. Cameron is represented by WME and Ziffren Brittenham. Made Up Stories is represented by WME.
ABOUT MADE UP STORIES
Made Up Stories is a development and production company that amplifies distinctive voices to tell unforgettable stories about the diversity of human experience, driven primarily by multifaceted females on and off-screen. Made Up Stories was founded in 2017, and is run by Bruna Papandrea, the award-winning producer of the HBO series BIG LITTLE LIES, nominated for five Emmy Awards for its second season (and awarded 8 Emmy Awards, 4 Golden Globe Awards, etc., for its first season. Made Up Stories recently produced the film adaptation of the inspiring international bestseller, Penguin Bloom, directed by Glendyn Ivin and starring Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln and Jacki Weaver, that will world premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, and THE DRY, based on the Jane Harper novel, from director Robert Connolly and starring Eric Bana. On the television side, Made Up Stories' HBO series THE UNDOING starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, directed by Susanne Bier and created by David E. Kelley will premiere October 25, 2020. Additional projects in various stages of production include: NINE PERFECT STRANGERS, based on best-selling author Liane Moriarty's book, written by David E. Kelley and John Henry Butterworth, and starring Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy for Hulu; the Netflix thriller PIECES OF HER, adapted from Karin Slaughter's book, created by Charlotte Stoudt and directed by Minkie Spiro, starring Toni Colette and Bella Heathcote; and ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL, based on the international bestseller by Sarah Vaughan, created by David E. Kelley and Melissa James Gibson that S.J. Clarkson will direct for Netflix.
ABOUT JOHN CAMERON
John Cameron is currently Executive Producer on the upcoming television series CIRCE for Endeavor Content, Chernin Entertainment and HBO Max. He previously served as Executive Producer on all episodes of LEGION for FX and Marvel Television. In addition to his producing role, Cameron directed four episodes. He executive produced three seasons of the critically acclaimed limited series FARGO for FX, for which he won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award. He also directed a critically acclaimed third season episode of the show. Previously, Cameron was Co-Executive Producer for five seasons of the Emmy Award-winning FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS television series for NBC. In feature films, Cameron produced the Academy Award-nominated LARS AND THE REAL GIRL, the box office hit BAD SANTA and LUCY IN THE SKY with Bruna Papandrea. Earlier, he had a lengthy association with the Coen Brothers, first on THE HUDSUCKER PROXY, then on the Academy Award-winning FARGO, as well as THE BIG LEBOWSKI; O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?; THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE; INTOLERABLE CRUELTY, and THE LADYKILLERS.
ABOUT MARIE LU
Marie Lu is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Young Elites, Legend, Warcross, and the upcoming Skyhunter. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as an artist. Now a full-time writer, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and dogs
ABOUT ENDEAVOR CONTENT
Endeavor Content is a global leader in the development, financing and sales of premium film, television, theater and audio content. Endeavor Content seeks to facilitate more ownership and creative freedom for artists, creators and production companies in an ever-evolving media landscape. Endeavor Content is a division of Endeavor, a global entertainment, sports and content company.