THUNDER ROAD and FILM HOUSE GERMANY have optioned THE DETAINEE, a brilliant dystopian adventure by author and playwright Peter Liney in a deal negotiated by Penny Karlin, of The Karlin Connection, Literary Manager Daniaile Jarry of Open Entertainment and Jonathan Fuhrman of Thunder Road.
THE DETAINEE is the first of a trilogy described as ‘a Hunger Games for adults’.
Published in Britain and America by Jo Fletcher Books, an imprint of Quercus, part of the Hachette group, the US release of the mass-market paperback edition took place on February 3, 2015. The second book in the series, INTO THE FIRE, had its US hardback release on March 17, 2015.
Basil Iwanyk (John Wick, Clash of Titans franchise) of Thunder Road is producing with Christian Angermayer of Film House Germany. Grant Myers (The Maze Runner) is set to adapt the novel. The Maze Runner has grossed over 340 million dollars worldwide. Grant is repped by Paradigm and Gotham\Principal. Erica Lee will oversee for Thunder Road.
Clancy is an ageing ‘big guy’, someone whose physical stature once guaranteed him respect in the community – but no more: now he, along with the rest of society’s ‘waste’, has been shipped out to live on the Island. Yet another victim of the calamitous collapse of the financial institutions, changing demographics, and the state’s inability to continue supporting its weaker members.
Punishment satellites watch over this outpost of hell 24/7, meting out instant judgement on those who commit crimes, including trying to escape back to the Mainland. But worse than that are the nights when the fogs rolling in off the sea are so thick that the satellites can’t function: it’s then that the sick and elderly are subjected to terrifying raids by young garbage urchins manipulated through drugs and controlled by the Wastelords.
No situation could be bleaker or more desolate . . . until Clancy discovers Lena, a young blind woman, living alone in the old subways, and with her comes hope.
THE DETAINEE is part love story, part adventure, but most of all, a testimony to the human spirit: the truth that no matter how grim the situation, given the tiniest drop of hope, we will find a way to survive.
Peter Liney honed his strong narrative skills and attention to detail whilst writing for German, Australian, British, and South African television and radio.
In THE DETAINEE, his first published novel, he has created a gripping dystopian world in which the state has gone bust and can no longer support its weakest members, peopled with strong characters facing incredible threats.
Open Entertainment is a talent and literary management company based in LA and Vancouver, with a number of feature films and television projects – scripted and unscripted – in various stages of development.
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