Paramount moves forward on Earthseed

From THR – Paramount has brought on Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight, Dexter) to write and produce a feature adaptation of Pamela Sargent’s young adult novel, Earthseed. Paramount Film Group’s president, Adam Goodman, has long wanted to adapt the novel for the big screen, and now Earthseed will launch the film side of Rosenberg’s new production company, Tall Girls Prods.

Earthseed takes place in a future where humans launch a project called Ship to carry Earth DNA into space to find a new planet on which to settle. During its flight, a group of newly grown teenagers born without traditional parents are provided a simulated Earth environment, Hollow, to test their ability to survive. As some of the kids splinter off, tensions grow between the groups and major revelations ensue as fighting erupts.

Book Jacket:

Ship hurtles through space. Deep within its core, it carries the seed of humankind. Launched by the people of a dying Earth over a century ago, its mission is to find a habitable world for the children – fifteen-year-old Zoheret and her shipmates – whom it has created from its genetic banks.

To Zoheret and her shipmates, Ship has been mother, father, and loving teacher, preparing them for their biggest challenge: to survive on their own, on an uninhabited planet, without Ship’s protection. Now that day is almost upon them…but are they ready to leave Ship? Ship devises a test. And suddenly, instincts that have been latent for over a hundred years take over. Zoheret watches as friends become strangers – and enemies. Can Zoheret and her companions overcome the biggest obstacle to the survival of the human race – themselves?