Lionsgate Wins Rights To Adapt Upcoming YA Book ‘Thieves’ Gambit’ With Steven Caple Jr To Direct

lionsgate has acquired the rights to film adaptation thieves’ gamblingAn upcoming young adult thriller novel Kevian Lewis It’s pushing deals and buzz if it has a planned fall 2023 publication date. Steven Capel Jr., whose directing credits include cult 2 and next Transformers: Rise of the Beastsis attached to the hull.

The plot of the book centers on a young woman, raised as an expert thief by her parents, who must enter a dangerous, strangling competition that pits her against other young, talented thieves. , where the winner takes all.

Steven Capel Jr.
Steven Capel Jr.

The adaptation is being produced by Christina Hodson and Morgan Howell of Temple Hill Entertainment, Capel and Hodson Exports. Lewis will executive produce. Meredith Wyck and John Humphrey will oversee Lionsgate, with Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner and Annika Patton overseeing Temple Hill.

,thieves’ gambling An exciting, wish-fulfilling, globetrotting adventure that will introduce the world to an iconic new heroine,” Lionsgate President Erin Westman said in a release Thursday. “Kevian Lewis is a tremendous new talent, and we’re confident that Steven and our friends at Temple Hill and Hodson Exports will turn this into an electrifying film.”

Louisiana’s 23-year-old librarian noticed her thieves’ gambling Acquired at auction for seven figures in a North American deal by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Simon & Schuster Children’s Books has acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights, and the series translation rights have so far been sold in 14 territories.

Meredith Wieck and John Humphrey will oversee Lionsgate, with Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner, and Annika Patton overseeing Temple Hill, and Christina Hodgson and Morgan Howell Hodgson overseeing Exports. Robert Melnick negotiated the deal on behalf of Lionsgate.

Caple’s latest installment is in postproduction Transformer Franchise starring Anthony Ramos and Dominic Fischbach. He has been repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Hansen, Jacobson.

Lewis is represented by the CAA and the Greenhouse Literary Agency.