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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo Optioned As A TV Series

On December 15, Deadline reported that National Book Award and Carnegie Medal Winner Elizabeth Acevedo had her latest novel-in-verse, Clap When You Land optioned as television series with rights being acquired by Made Up Stories.

Acevedo’s novel follows two sisters, Camino and Yahaira Rios, separated by distance and secrets when they learn their father has died in a plane crash.

Alongside Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories, Endeavor Content has joined to take part in development. Papandrea is set to executively produce, alongside Steve Hutensky, Casey Haver, Janice Park, including Acevedo herself who will be an executive producer and write the pilot.

The novel is dedicated to American Airlines Flight 587 in which Acevedo mentions according to an NPR Interview, “I was 13 years old when that plane crashed. It rocked my community. I mean, everyone knew someone who was on that flight…”

As stated in Deadline, Papandrea is honored to partner with Acevedo to bring the vivid worlds and cultures of the Rios sisters to life mentioning that, “Elizabeth has one of the most distinctive voices that I’ve ever read. Poetic, passionate and poignant, this lyrical novel dives into heartbreaking family secrets, the complexities of immigration and socio-economic differences, and the cultural bridge between families in the Dominican Republic and New York City…”

Acevedo shared “I am delighted that a story that has touched so many readers will be adapted by Bruna Papandrea and her incredible team. I’ve always dreamed my stories and characters would reach far and wide, and I’m so hyped to work with Made Up Stories on Clap When You Land.”

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.

And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo is out now!

Adaptation News, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin Teen

Marie Lu’s Warcross Optioned As A TV Series!

On September 10, it was announced that Marie Lu’s Warcross was optioned for a television series with Bruna Papandrea’s ‘Made Up Stories’ and producer John Cameron attached.

Warcross follows a young hacker by the name of Emika Chen whose struggling to survive, but does so by making a profit hunting down players who bet on the worldwide phenomenon ‘Warcross.’ After hacking herself into the game’s biggest tournament, she quickly rises to fame catching the attention of the creator Hideo Tanaka who recruits her as a spy to track down an elusive hacker, but in doing so uncovers a mischievous plot along the way.

Through Variety it was mentioned that executive producers have also been confirmed with the project. Steve Hutensky, Casey Haver, alongside Adam Lash and Cori Uchida, the latter two who’ve also been attached to write the series. Janice Park will also be producing and Cameron is set to direct the pilot.

It was also stated that Lu will be an executive producer.

“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. 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,’” said Lu, according to Variety.

Papandera’s projects include HBO’s Big Little Lies to a 2019 zombie-horror comedy titled Little Monsters. Lash and Uchida have worked on projects such as Altered Carbon and Reprisal. Cameron is an award-winning producer whose known for the FX series Fargo and Legion.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life.

The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

Warcross by Marie Lu is out now!