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Paramount Planning ‘Earthseed’ Adaptation

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The heavy examination of what novels can be made into movies continues full force these days, but most of the time they’re of a more recent nature because of the allure of trying to create the next Twilight. Paramount has decided to go a little old school as they’ve acquired the rights to the 1983 novel Earthseed by Pamela Sargent. The studio has brought the project to Melissa Rosenberg, the woman who was behind the scripts for the Twilight movies and quite a few other projects, including eight episodes of Dexter and worked on the ill-fated Birds of Prey TV series.

Rosenberg will be working the project through her Tall Girls production company which she formed to help creating strong roles for women in “high concept” movies.

In talking about Earthseed with The Hollywood reporter, she says, “It really talks about the debate of nature vs. nurture, what is innately human and what can be bred in or out of someone,” says Rosenberg. “There’s a Lord of the Flies element to it. It involves a young woman who starts off as someone who is content with playing by the rules and being a “good girl,’ and then has to realize that the rules are malleable and that she has to step forward as a leader. It’s really about coming into one’s own power and embracing one’s own strength and individuality.”

Plot summary: Ship hurtles through space. Deep within its core, it carries the seed of humankind. Launched by the people of a dying Earth over a century ago, its mission is to find a habitable world for the children–fifteen-year-old Zoheret and her shipmates–whom it has created from its genetic banks.

To Zoheret and her shipmates, Ship has been mother, father, and loving teacher, preparing them for their biggest challenge: to survive on their own, on an uninhabited planet, without Ship’s protection. Now that day is almost upon them…but are they ready to leave Ship? Ship devises a test. And suddenly, instincts that have been latent for over a hundred years take over. Zoheret watches as friends become strangers–and enemies. Can Zoheret and her companions overcome the biggest obstacle to the survival of the human race–themselves?


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