Fox 2000 Sets Screenwriter for “Edgy” YA Project With One Hell of a Confusing Title

By  · Published on December 11th, 2012

Let’s just all pray that there will never need to be a reboot of Reboot, because this title is already a tad ludicrous as is, at least cinematically speaking. THR reports that Fox 2000 has set newbie scribe Lindsay Devlin to adapt Amy Tintera’s upcoming YA novel, “Reboot,” into a feature film for them. The book which, again, won’t be released until next year, so no wonder you haven’t heard of it, is described as “edgy” and predictably takes place after the world has experienced a major upheaval.

At the center of Tintera’s novel is “Wren 178,” a female “reboot” who works as soldier for “HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).” What’s the deal with reboots? Well, they sort of sound like zombies – they are all people who have died, been brought to life, and now have superhuman strength (the depth of their strength is based on how long they were dead, as it were). The “178” in Wren’s name refers to how long she was dead – 178 minutes – and Wren tops the Reboot charts in death-length. Part of Wren’s work as a Reboot is to train new ‘boots, but everything gets topsy-turvy for Wren when a new Reboot throws her for a loop. It’s a boy Reboot. Hide your shock. You can guess where this is going. The whole thing sounds a bit “Hunger Games” mixed with “Insurgent,” but hey, that’s what the kids are into these days.

After the break, check out a full synopsis for the book, via ComingSoon.

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line – or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

The book is Tintera’s debut novel and, while its synopsis doesn’t sound so hot, she is a self-professed “lover of all things Joss Whedon,” so perhaps “Reboot” will be a pleasant surprise. The addition of a rising genre star like Devlin certainly doesn’t hurt matters, either.