Amazon and DMG Entertainment are launching a new cross-media initiative, and using a post-apocalyptic trilogy to launch the venture.
Chris Borrelli is a screenwriter whose previous credits include horror films The Vatican Tapes, Whisper, and Eloise. He has recently scored a publishing and film deal for his new young adult trilogy The Islands. The book series follows 18-year-old Ginny, whose father has just enough warning to get her, her boyfriend, and himself into a boat before the apocalypse hits. They are forced to live on the sea for months, facing food shortages, cabin fever, and pirates, when they discover a fantastical set of islands.
The first two books in the trilogy, Islands of Stone and Islands of Ghosts, were published in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The final book, Islands: Land's End, came out in November of this year. Kindle versions of all three books were released last week. Borrelli initially conceived the books as having mass-media crossover appeal, with games and comics in addition to books and films. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Islands books are the first "in a new initiative geared to publishing and promoting material with multi-media potential."
Borrelli is currently working on 100 Bullets, major motion picture adaptation of the graphic novel written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Eduardo Risso. 100 Bullets is about an agent who approaches everyday citizens and allows them the chance to take revenge on one person.