Sunday, July 15, 2007

Warner Bros. Acquires Motion Picture Rights to Septimus Heap

Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the feature film rights to the seven- book fantasy series, Septimus Heap. This bestselling series marks UK author Angie Sage's first foray into middle-grade fantasy.

Septimus Heap: Magyk, the first book in the series will be produced by Karen Rosenfelt (The Devil Wears Prada) with Sage as Executive Producer.

The series tells the story of two babies that are switched at birth: one, a boy who discovers his birthright as the seventh son of a seventh son, and ultimately, a powerful wizard; the other, a girl who is destined to become Princess. Their stories are set in a weird and wonderful fairy-tale England and their journeys of self-discovery are filled with hilarious characters and clever charms, potions and spells.

Published in March 2005 by HarperCollins Children's Books, Septimus Heap: Magyk was an international bestseller. It debuted at #3 on the New York Times Best Sellers List and moved to #1 in its second week on-sale. The subsequent books in the series, Septimus Heap: Flyte and Septimus Heap: Physik, were published in March 2006 and March 2007, respectively.

Angie Sage is represented by literary agent Eunice McMullen. Courtenay Valenti negotiated the deal on behalf of Warner Bros. Studios. Joan Rosen, Vice President, Director of Subsidiary Rights for HarperCollins Children's Books and their agent, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein of The Gotham Group negotiated the deal for HarperCollins Publishers. The Septimus Heap series is published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books.