EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has acquired The Testing, a novel by Joelle Charbonneau. Deal got made last night, with no producer attached, and it was Peter Kang’s first acquisition since moving to the studio from Fox. The book will be published this week and already has been named a #1 Indie Next 2013 Summer YA Pick and one of the Top 10 Young Adult Books for Summer by USA Today. Foreign publishing rights have already been sold in the UK, France, Israel, Korea, The Netherlands, Turkey, and Germany. The logline: In the rebuilding of the United States after natural disasters and biological war, the best and brightest high school graduates are put through a series of tests, both physical and mental, to determine whether they have what it takes to become the leaders of future generations.
I reported last week that Peter Kang had left 20th Century Fox and his next step would likely be Paramount. Here’s today’s official release confirming that move.
HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 15, 2013) – Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc., today announced the appointment of film veteran Peter Kang to Executive Vice President of Production. The announcement was made by the studio’s President of Production Marc Evans, to whom Kang will report.