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Roger Kumble is set to write and direct the latest YA adaption from Voltage Pictures Beautiful Disaster

Roger Kumble (Cruel Intentions, After We Collided) is set to write and direct the latest YA adaption from Voltage Pictures, Beautiful Disaster, starring Dylan Sprouse (After We Collided, Banana Split), Virginia Gardner (Halloween, Marvel’s “Runaways”), Austin North (“Outer Banks”) and Libe Barer (“Sneaky Pete”), it was announced today by President and COO Jonathan Deckter.

 

Ethan Embry (Sweet Home Alabama, Empire Records) and Rob Estes (the After series) are also set to star in the film, which is currently shooting on location in Bulgaria.

 

Voltage is handling worldwide sales and will introduce the hot title to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market. German studio LEONINE snapped up rights over the weekend. Multiple offers have also been made in many other territories.

 

The teen pic is based on the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name by Jamie McGuire, which has been published and translated in 38 countries, and topped the bestseller’s list in Brazil, Italy, France, Spain, Australia and the UK.

 

Bad-boy Travis (Sprouse) is exactly what college freshman Abby (Gardner) needs and wants—to avoid.  He spends his nights fighting in underground boxing matches, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. But Abby wants nothing to do with Travis. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis offers her a simple bet: if he loses his next fight, he must remain sex-free for a month. If he wins, Abby must live in his apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that Abby’s dark past is about to emerge, and he may have finally met his match.

 

Brian Pitt and Mark Clayman will produce alongside Deckter for Voltage. Executive producers are Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier, Lucas Jarach and Jamie McGuire.

 

“I had a fantastic experience working with Voltage and Dylan Sprouse on After We Collided and I’m thrilled to be collaborating with them and Ginny Gardner on bringing another beloved novel to life,” said Kumble.

 

“The adaptation of this beloved New York Times and global bestseller, helmed by one of the most prolific YA directors of all-time, Roger, and led by an incredibly talented cast with massive social followings – Beautiful Disaster has all the makings of the next blockbuster YA franchise,” said Deckter. “We’ve seen firsthand how quality New Adult content can rapidly reach audiences far beyond the established fanbase of the original IP when it’s in the hands of the right creative team on the production side, and backed by a robust social campaign. This book was one of the pioneering successes of the genre and I have no doubt that our global network of topnotch distribution partners will make this groundbreaking work a surefire box-office hit.”

 

Voltage has emerged as an industry leader in the YA romance space; After starring Hero Fiennes Tiffin and Josephine Langford, took over $70M worldwide in 2019 and its sequels, After We Collided took over $50M when it opened from September 2nd 2020 during the pandemic, and the latest in the series After We Fell is set to pass $30 million after being released on September 3rd 2021. The highly anticipated fourth film After Ever Happy wrapped filming in Bulgaria in December 2020. Voltage also sold-out worldwide rights on the best-selling YA novel adaptation Words on Bathroom Walls, starring Charlie Plummer, Andy García, Taylor Russell, AnnaSophia Robb, Molly Parker and Walton Goggins which was released theatrically in August 2020. The company also sold international rights on the heartwarming romances Finding You, which was filmed in Ireland and stars Katherine McNamara (“Shadow Hunters”), Tom Everett Scott (That Thing You Do) and Vanessa Redgrave (Atonement), which was released May 14th, and Time Is Up, starring social media sensation Bella Thorne (“Screen: The TV series”, Midnight Sun) and Italian popstar Benjamin Mascolo.

 

Sprouse built a legion of fans as a young actor, and after stepping away from Hollywood to pursue higher education, he graduated from NYU in 2015 and returned to acting. He recently starred in the Chinese fantasy romance Turandot, and the romantic comedy Banana Split as well as cult favorite After We Collided. Sprouse also created and wrote Suneater which recently released in comic book format. 

 

Gardner is known for playing Karolina Dean in the Hulu original series Marvel’s “Runaways”, Vicky in David Gordon Green’s wildly successful horror film “Halloween,” and as Christina Raskin in Paramount’s Project Almanac.

 

Social media sensation North has appeared in Netflix’s smash-hit YA series “Outer Banks”, Hulu’s “All Night” and the smash-hit Disney Channel series “I Didn’t Do It”.

 

Barer is known for her roles in the Amazon Prime series “Sneaky Pete” and “Colony” and Saban’s “I See You” opposite Helen Hunt.

 

McGuire paved the way for the New Adult genre with the international bestseller “Beautiful Disaster”. Her follow-up novel, “Walking Disaster”, debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. “Beautiful Oblivion”, book one of the Maddox Brothers series, also topped the New York Times bestseller list. In 2015 and 2016, the following three Maddox Brothers books, “Beautiful Redemption”, “Beautiful Sacrifice”, and “Beautiful Burn” also topped the New York Times, as well as Beautiful series novellas, “A Beautiful Wedding” and “Something Beautiful”. The fifth Maddox Brothers Series novel, “A Beautiful Funeral”, debuted at #4 on the New York Times, also making appearances on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

 

Sprouse is repped by Bonnie Lietdke at Authentic Literary and Talent Management, UTA  and David Markman at DLA Piper. Gardner is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment, UTA, Sloane Offer Weber and Dern LLP. North is repped by Buchwald, Luber Roklin Entertainment & Myman Greenspan. Barer is repped by Untitled entertainment, A3 and Peikoff Mahan.

 

ABOUT VOLTAGE PICTURES

Voltage Pictures, established in 2005, is a privately held, film and television production, financing and sales entity. Voltage has won six Academy Awards including Best Picture for The Hurt Locker, and three Academy Awards for Dallas Buyers Club.

 

The current Voltage sales slate includes the highly anticipated action-thriller Chase starring Gerard Butler, Jaimie Alexander, Russell Hornsby and Ethan Embry, the action heist-thriller The Yacht, starring Ruby Rose, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Frank Grillo, acclaimed blockbuster director Renny Harlin’s horror-thriller Refuge starring Jason Flemyng and Raza Jaffrey, the neo-noir art thriller American Night starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Jeremy Piven, and the Japanese horror Room 203.

 

Voltage represented worldwide rights on After, based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Anna Todd, that debuted number one at the box office in 17 international territories including Germany and Italy when released in April 2019, grossing over $70m worldwide. The highly anticipated sequel, After We Collided, opened in September 2020 and grossed nearly $50m worldwide. The third film in the franchise, After We Fell opened in select territories on September 2021, including a record-breaking US release through Fathom, and the fourth film After Ever Happy is currently in post-production after wrapping principal photography in December 2020.

 

Voltage also produced the blockbuster comedy I Feel Pretty starring Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, and Naomi Campbell, which generated nearly $100m in worldwide box office. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, Jim Parsons, and John Malkovich premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim.

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