Abaddon’s School’s Out Novel Optioned by Multistory Films


From the press release:

School’s Out for the summer blockbuster?

Abaddon’s ‘Attack the Block meets Lord of the Flies’ novel optioned by Multistory Films

Abaddon Books is proud to announce that it has struck a deal with Multistory Films to bring School’s Out by Scott Andrews to the big screen.

Attack the Block meets Lord of the Flies in a post-apocalyptic landscape where pupils at a public school grow up fast or they don’t grow up at all, School’s Out is one of the stand-out titles from Abaddon’s successful Afterblight Chronicles series.

The books follows the final days of St Mark’s School for Boys; and when your teachers are killing each other, the prefect is experimenting with crucifixion, and the rival gang from across town has decided that ritualistic cannibalism is the way to go, spots and BO don’t seem like such big problems any more.

Multistory Films is a new UK-based production company, which has just completed post-production on its debut feature film, low budget horror thriller The Harsh Light of Day. This will be closely followed by art house feature Verity’s Summer; written and directed by Short film Palme D’Or nominee Benjamin Crowe.

Jonathan Oliver, editor-in-chief of Abaddon Books, said:
“We’re delighted that the quality of Scott’s work on School’s Out has been recognised – it’s a great novel and a cracking read that never lets up. With teenagers facing insurmountable odds in TV series like Misfits and films such as Attack the Block, the time when teens save the world is nigh!”

Jason Kingsley, CEO of Rebellion, said:
“Whereas much post-apocalyptic fiction focuses on the bleak, The Afterblight Chronicles is made for the silver screen: action, big set pieces, strong characters and a killer concept. Abaddon’s status as an ideas factory is now well established – our medieval zombie novel Stronghold was optioned earlier this year and this is yet another property that’s been snapped up by a film company.”

Emma Biggins, producer and MD of Multistory Films, said:
“We are thrilled to begin development on School’s Out. The book presents a perfect opportunity to create a high-octane action movie with depth, intelligence and wit. As a new production company we are extremely excited to be collaborating with a company as successful and renowned as Rebellion.”

About Abaddon Books

Abaddon is the independent book imprint dedicated to providing high-quality science-fiction, fantasy and horror from the freshest new voices in the industry.

Created in 2006 by Rebellion, publisher of the best-selling comic and graphic novel imprint 2000 AD, and an award-winning computer games developer, Abaddon has published dozens of shared-world novels, from the brutal and gritty stories of the Afterblight Chronicles to the swashbuckling steampunk fun of Pax Britannia, and from the Arthurian sword and sorcery of Malory’s Knights of Albion to the blood and gore of Tomes of the Dead. Often violent, often dark, but always a read that will take your breath away – whatever title you choose from the Abaddon pantheon you’ll get new talent telling slick, pacy and stylish stories.

As well as producing genre-busting fiction, Abaddon is cementing its reputation as an ideas factory – medieval zombie novel Stronghold was recently optioned by Amber Entertainment, and now post- apocalyptic teenage survival title School’s Out has been optioned by Multistory Films.

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