Now...before you run out to buy your tickets, this merely means it might someday, possibly, be made into a movie. But it's got a great team of talented folks behind it at Awesomeness Films, which is a new venture dedicated to producing films for young audiences, including some adaptations of Lauren Oliver's novels. It's safe to say I'm humbled and thrilled and crossing my fingers.
Here's the announcement from Deadline.com:
Awesomeness Films just picked up the feature rights to the YA novel Spontaneous written by Aaron Starmer which hits the street on August 30. The story follows a girl during her senior year at Covington High in suburban New Jersey where everything is going as normally as could be expected, until the day a fellow senior explodes during third period pre-calc. Soon other classmates meet similar fates, forcing Mara and her friends to figure out a way to survive normal high school problems, with the added stress of potentially combusting at any moment.
Brian Duffield (who will adapt the novel) and Nicki Cortese will produce for Awesomeness Films under their company Jurassic Party’s first look deal. Duffield most recently wrote and executive produced The Babysitter directed by McG. Brian Robbins and Matt Kaplan will produce from the Awesomeness side. The property was brought to Awesomeness through film executive Max Siemers.
I can't wait to see what sort of beautifully bonkers script Brian comes up with and I can't wait to work with Nicki, Brian and Matt. Hopefully this is the first of many updates about the project. Stay tuned!
I have a new book coming out in 2018! Here are the details, courtesy of Publisher's Weekly:
"Julie Strauss-Gabel at Dutton has bought North American rights to Meme by Aaron Starmer, author of the Riverman trilogy and the forthcoming Spontaneous. The darkly comic novel tells of four friends who commit murder hoping to stop a Columbine-like massacre, and the fallout that comes when part of the confession they bury along with the victim becomes an Internet meme. It's scheduled for 2018; Michael Bourret at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management brokered the deal."
Buy your copy now! Oh, wait. Actually, don't. We're not finished with it yet.
Today, as the last volume of The Riverman Trilogy is published, I'd like to share the acknowledgements from The Storyteller.
This novel is dedicated to Michael Bourret and Joy Peskin for obvious reasons. At least the reasons are obvious to me. They have supported the story—the trilogy!—from the very beginning. Back in 2012, when I approached Michael with fifty strange pages, he believed that I could deliver another thousand or so even stranger ones. Or at least he pretended to believe. That’s all I needed to keep writing. And I will always thank him for that.
Joy edited those thousand or so pages, helping me ditch a few hundred along the way. Good riddance to those ditched pages. The story didn’t need them, but the story definitely needed Joy’s guidance, her wisdom, and her encouragement. She was tireless in finding holes in the plot, in the characters, in the world. Then she patched those holes up and made it look like they were never even there.
There were others who have been with this trilogy since the beginning. Beth Clark designed the books and they are lovely things indeed. Yelena Bryksenkova illustrated the covers and I couldn’t have asked for more beautiful representations of Alistair, Fiona, Charlie, Keri and their furry friends. Angie Chen saved the day many times throughout the process, keeping the books on schedule and looking their best. Kate Hurley and Karla Reganold copyedited and proofread all three volumes and humored my grammatical eccentricities. Mary Van Akin sang the trilogy’s praises and people listened because she can really sing. The rest of the gang at Macmillan and the folks at Recorded Books, including Claudia Howard and Graham Halstead, have helped share my tales far and wide. Lauren Abramo and the other agents at Dystel & Goderich have been kind and supportive since the day I decided to join Michael’s roster of authors.
My family has been there all along too, of course. Mom, Dad, Tim, Toril, Dave, Jake, Will, Jim, Gwenn, Pete, and all the other members of the Starmer, Van Scotter, Amundsen, Finney, Glitman, Evans and Wells clans (as well as their respective dogs): I love you. Cate and Hannah: I love you the most (sorry, everyone else) and, really, all my books are basically dedicated to you, because you dedicate so much to me.
Finally, a storyteller doesn’t exist without someone who’s willing to listen. You, the reader, have been willing to listen and have stuck around to the end. That’s quite incredible of you, and I am forever in your debt. Thank you, thank you, thank you…