EXCLUSIVE: Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films and Amazon Studios have partnered to develop illustrated novella DNA (“Death Notification Agency”) following a competitive situation for the rights. Genre’s Kinberg and Audrey Chon will produce alongside Russell Ackerman, John Schoenfelder and Jay Schuminsky, who published the original illustrated novella via their company NeoText.
Julian Meiojas will adapt the script which is based on a series of illustrated novellas he created with the same name. An established TV writer, this will be his first foray into film.
DNA’s is a genre-bending thrill ride set in a world where people are informed of their death 24 hours in advance by an organization known as the Death Notification Agency. We follow an ex-detective process server who, after being informed of his own death, goes on the run across a dystopian United States to uncover a larger conspiracy.
Genre Films was founded in 2010 by director/writer/producer Simon Kinberg and under this banner, he produced many films within the mainline X-Men franchise along with spinoffs Logan and Deadpool and original film The Martian.
Kinberg has the spy thriller The 355, which he wrote and direct, and stars Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, Diane Kruger and Fan Bingbing which will be released by Universal on January 15. He is also in the midst of working with director Jason Bateman on his spec script Here Comes The Floodfor Netflix and recently sold the Untitled Idris Elba/Africa-Set Spy Romance Project for Apple.
Meiojas is an electric Latinx drama and thriller writer currently serving as Co-Executive Producer on the award-winning Amazon Original Jack Ryan. He’s coming off a Co-EP role on HBO MAX’s series Raised by Wolves for director Ridley Scott and creator Aaron Guzikowski. He is also developing his original real-time anthology thriller One Night for Hulu for director David Leitch.
NeoText, founded by Russell Ackerman, John Schoenfelder and Jay Schuminsky, is a publisher of quality fiction and non-fiction released digitally. The company launched in September of 2020 and recently completed a deal with AMC TV for the NeoText novella “Sorcerers”, by Maurice Broaddus and Otis Whitaker with art by Jim Mahfood.
“Death Notification Agency by Julian Meiojas is a laser powered sci fi noir action of the highest order,” said NeoText execs. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to keep building the DNA book series and brand with Amazon, Simon Kinberg and Audrey Chon as Julian adapts Ram’s saga for film.”
Kinberg is represented by CAA and attorney Karl Austen. Meiojas is represented by Grandview and attorney Jeff Hynick
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