Variety is reporting that Robert Zemeckis (The Polar Express, Cast Away, What Lies Beneath) is attached to direct for Disney the film adaptation of the soon-to-be-published debut young adult novel Dark Falls by Kat Falls. Set to be released by Scholastic in May, the original two book order for the series may now be extended.
About Dark Life (from the publisher): Set in an apocalyptic future where rising oceans have swallowed up entire regions and people live packed like sardines on the dry land left, this is the harrowing tale of underwater pioneers who have carved out a life for themselves in the harsh deep-sea environment, farming the seafloor in exchange for the land deed.
The story follows Ty, who has lived his whole life on his family's homestead and has dreams of claiming his own stake when he turns eighteen. But when outlaws' attacks on government supply ships and settlements threaten to destroy the underwater territory, Ty finds himself in a fight to stop the outlaws and save the only home he has ever known.
Joined by a girl from the Topside who has come subsea to look for her prospector brother, Ty ventures into the frontier's rough underworld and begins to discover some dark secrets to. As Ty gets closer to the truth, he discovers that the outlaws may not be the bloodthirsty criminals the government has portrayed them as. And that the government abandoning the territory might be the best thing for everyone, especially for someone like Ty, someone with a dark gift.
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