According to Variety, the film rights to Tempest, the young adult time-travel debut novel by Julie Cross, has been optioned by Cross Pictures. It had previously been optioned by Summit.
The Tempest Trilogy, published by Thomas Dunne Books is comprised of Tempest which came out in 2012, Vortex in 2013, and Timestorm in 2014.
Tempest, the first of the science fiction trilogy, follows 19-year-old college student Jackson Meyer, who has the ability to travel back and forth through time harmlessly. His life takes a sudden turn when strangers burst in on him and his girlfriend Holly, and Holly is fatally shot in an ensuing struggle. Jackson inadvertently jumps back 2 years in time, only to find that he is stuck in that year and cannot get back to the present. While there, his efforts shift to preventing Holly’s death. Complicating matters for Jackson, the people who shot Holly travel back to the past to hunt for him. They want his help in stopping a dangerous group called the Enemies of Time. Jackson learns about a shadowy government agency run by the man he thought was his father, and his mission may well extend beyond saving Holly to saving the world.
Producing brothers Scott and Sean Cross (no relation to Julie Cross) co-founded the Vail Film Festival which began in 2003, and the Los Cabos International Film Festival which launched in 2012. Executive producers are Brendan Deneen, head of Macmillan Entertainment, and Mimi Polk Gitlin.
In a statement, Scott Cross said, “We are excited to be working with Julie Cross, Brendan Deneen and Mimi Polk Gitlin to develop this heartfelt yet thrilling and engaging young adult trilogy.”
This early in the game, no other key creative personnel or production dates have been announced for Tempest, but we will keep you posted as developments arise.