DEVILS UNTO DUST: New Regency Nabs Film Rights To Forthcoming Novel

The Bent Agency
Fledgeling author and Texas native Emma Berquist is poised to debut her first novel, Devils Unto Dust next Spring courtesy of HarperCollins via Greenwillow. In the meantime, feature film rights to the book have since been preemptively acquired by New Regency whose Arnon Milchan will produce with Big Talk's Nira Park.
Described as TRUE GRIT meets 28 DAYS LATER, Devils Unto Dust tells the story of 17 year old Daisy Wilcox’s journey through 1870’s West Texas during a Reconstruction period plagued by a deadly virus infecting thousands with a rabies-like disease that turns people into murderous “Shakes.” When Daisy’s father disappears, Daisy hires two Shake-hunters who specialize in killing the infected, and sets off into the terrorscape of the western frontier to find him.

"Very occasionally, you read a piece of material that stops you in your tracks. Devils Unto Dust is just such a piece and we’re thrilled Emma's trusting us with adapting,” said Big Talk founder and producer Nira Park. “Daisy is an utterly compelling heroine - a young woman who does not and cannot give up. The stage Emma has set for her story is distinct and highly evocative. We’re delighted to be partnering with New Regency on this project, who fell for it as fast and hard as we did.”
Big Talk's Rachael Prior will executive produce the film with New Regency's Sam Hanson overseeing.

Berquist is represented by Paradigm and Heather Flaherty at The Bent Agency.

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