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Inspired by the online success of The Hunger Games and The Fault In Our Stars, Collective Digital Studio (Cds) is looking to turn another young adult book franchise into a YouTube hit. The media company/multi-channel network has secured the rights for Maximum Ride, a digital adaptation of James Patterson's series of young adult novels. Maximum Ride is best-selling author Patterson's foray into young adult fiction. Thus far, it spans eight books and follow a group of six protagonists who have escaped from a secret testing facility. While the most recent book is subtitled The Final Maximum Ride Adventure, Patterson has hinted at more sequels on his Facebook page. The web series version of Maximum Ride will attempt to connect with the franchise's young fans on their favorite medium. Patterson's series is similar to the YouTube community's most beloved books; in particular, its strong, resolute female protagonist shares a »
- Sam Gutelle
The company has picked up the exclusive online rights to the young adult franchise and has begun talks with YouTube talent about the programming event.
The series follows Max, a female avian-human hybrid who escapes with other mutants from the lab where they have been raised. More than 30 million copies of the novel series have been sold to date.
Patterson, Gary Binkow, Leopoldo Gout and Bill Robinson will executive produce. The announcement follows the recent event series order by CBS for an adaptation of Patterson's thriller "Zoo" in which nature starts fighting back against humanity.
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- Garth Franklin
Though the books are beloved and bestselling, an adaptation of James Patterson’s Ya Maximum Ride series is currently languishing in development. Columbia Pictures originally snapped up rights to adapt the novels, only to eventually lose them to Universal. However, Universal recently stated that it no longer had immediate plans to adapt Maximum Ride either. So, with the film’s development currently in limbo, Patterson has teamed with Collective Digital Studio to turn the books into a YouTube series.
Patterson and Cds are aiming to fast-track the web series and tap into the same massive audience that made The Hunger Games and Divergent such hits – albeit on a much smaller budget. “Maximum Ride has a massive global fan base and it is very exciting to think about connecting with them online, said Patterson in an official statement. “I’m confident that Cds will help introduce the book series to a completely new audience as well. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Author James Patterson has sold the exclusive online rights for young adult franchise Maximum Ride to Collective Digital Studios. Cds, a YouTube multichannel network formed out of Beverly Hills management company The Collective, said it has already begun talks with YouTube talent about the programming event, which comes from executive producers Gary Binkow, Patterson, Leopoldo Gout and Bill Robinson. Maximum Ride is a nine-book fantasy series about Max, an avian-human hybrid, who escapes with other mutants from the lab where they have been raised. It has sold more than 30 million copies. "James Patterson is not
- Natalie Jarvey
Collective Digital Studio has optioned the rights to James Patterson's young adult franchise “Maximum Ride” and plans to adapt it into a web series. A movie adaptation of the series has been mired in development for several years – first at Columbia Pictures and then at Universal. With the movie nowhere close to production, Cds’ Gary Binkow approached Patterson about making something for the series’ youthful and engaged online fans. The books have inspired thousands of YouTube videos, and Patterson previously told USA Today his books were ripe for some kind of adaptation because they are so visual. “Maximum Ride” chronicles a flock of. »
- Lucas Shaw
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