EXCLUSIVE: Stampede Ventures and Wattpad Webtoon Studios will staff for a characteristic adaptation of Chasing Purple, the YA romance webnovel by Isabelle Ronin that has garnered large consideration on the digital publishing platform, Wattpad.
Jessika Borsiczky (Intercourse/Life) has been set to direct from a screenplay by Lauren Schacher, and casting is now underway.
Chasing Purple tells the story of straight-A scholar Veronica, who refuses to be faculty heartthrob Caleb’s subsequent “conquest,” even after an opportunity encounter sparks an plain attraction between them. However with nowhere to remain and on the run from a latest tragedy, Veronica finds herself in want of Caleb’s assist, regardless of the secrets and techniques of their pasts threatening to tear them aside. Wattpad’s #2 English-language property, following the massively widespread After sequence from Anna Todd, the webnovel has garnered over 260 million reads since its publication in 2017. It’s been printed in print in seven languages, and has additionally been tailored right into a Webtoon webcomic with over 6.9M views and new chapters debuting weekly.
Producers on the characteristic take embody Stampede Ventures’ Greg Silverman and Jon Berg, in addition to Wattpad Webtoon Studios’ Aron Levitz and Lindsey Weems Ramey. Exec producers embody Gideon Yu, Chris Bosco, Mike Tadross, and Grant Torre from Stampede and David Madden from Wattpad Webtoon.
Stated Stampede Ventures’ Berg on behalf of the corporate, “We are thrilled to be making a movie from Isabelle’s wildly popular book series. Chasing Red has a passionate global fandom, with over 260 million reads online. With the incredibly talented Jessika Borsiczky, we’re going to make a sexy and vibrant film bringing Red and Caleb into real life from the page!”
Wattpad Webtoon Studios’ Head of World Leisure, Madden, mentioned that given Chasing Purple‘s extraordinary reputation through the years on Wattpad, “the fact that we were able to adapt it first into a WEBTOON webcomic and now into a live-action film is a perfect example of our mission to help our creators like Isabelle build franchises and fandoms across formats.” The exec added that his firm is “thrilled to work with the excellent producing team at Stampede Ventures,” additionally noting that “Jessika is both an old friend and a sensitive and passionate director. Romance on screens has never been bigger, and this adaptation will be exactly what romance lovers are clamoring for.”
Greatest identified for steering and exec producing the Netflix sequence Intercourse/Life starring Sarah Shahi, Borsiczky has additionally fulfilled these duties on exhibits together with Lifetime’s UnREAL and Showtime’s Home of Lies. She wrote on and exec produced Peacock’s Renée Zellweger true crime car The Factor About Pam and has additionally helmed episodes of exhibits like Lucifer and Cloak & Dagger.
Most lately seeing the discharge of tasks together with the MTV Studios-acquired YA characteristic Pink Skies Forward starring Jessica Barden, in addition to the Netflix doc The Saint of Second Probabilities from Morgan Neville and Jeff Malmberg, Stampede’s subsequent movie on the docket is Extraordinary Angels, the true-life drama starring Hilary Swank and Alan Ritchson that shall be launched by Lionsgate on February 23. The corporate will subsequent 12 months launch its Emma Roberts rom-com Area Cadet by Amazon Prime Worldwide and is presently in manufacturing on Anderson .Paak’s directorial debut Ok-Pops!.
Wattpad Webtoon Studios is the fan-driven international leisure and publishing arm for on-line publishers Wattpad and Webtoon, which as of July had a mixed viewers of greater than 182 million. Present tasks within the works there embody an animated sequence based mostly on the Webtoon sensation Lore Olympus, which has amassed greater than 1.5 billion views to this point, with The Jim Henson Firm; an adaptation of the Webtoon comedian Love Recommendation from the Nice Duke of Hell with Think about Leisure; Hawk, with MCU scribe Christopher Yost, based mostly on the sci-fi Wattpad webnovel; Deanna Cameron’s webnovel thriller What Occurred That Night time, tailored by Kids of Males‘s David Arata; and Float, starring Robbie Amell and Andrea Bang, with Lionsgate, Collective Photos, and Brightlight Photos.