As the old saying goes: If you want something done right, do it yourself.
Whenever it is announced that a popular book is going to be turned into a movie, it is only natural for the fans to worry about whether or not the film version will destroy the original story. Well, fans of Lauren Oliver’s YA novel Panic can breathe a little easier because Universal has hired the 33-year-old author to write a screenplay for the studio’s film adaptation of her book. Universal acquired the rights in 2013, which was ahead of the novel’s release from HarperTeen.
If you haven’t read it, here’s a summary:
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.
For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.
Already optioned by Universal Pictures in a major deal, this gritty, spellbinding novel captures both the raw energy of fear mixed with excitement, as well as the aching need to find a place to belong.