LOS ANGELES, CA, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 --Alcon Entertainment has acquired the screen rights to "Icons," the forthcoming novel from the New York Times bestselling author Margaret Stohl, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
Erwin Stoff, who brought the project to Alcon, will produce "Icons" along with Kosove and Johnson ("Beautiful Creatures," "The Blind Side," "The Book of Eli"). Molly Smith ("Beautiful Creatures," "The Blind Side,") will executive produce.
Stoff, who has produced over 30 films, most recently produced the period drama "Water for Elephants," starring Academy Award winners Christoph Waltz and Reese Witherspoon for Fox 2000. He is currently producing "All You Need Is Kill" starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt for Warner Bros due out in 2013.
Alcon recently wrapped production on "Beautiful Creatures," which is the screen adaptation of the first in the best selling series of four books written by Stohl and co-author Kami Garcia. Stoff and Smith are also producers on the film.
"Beautiful Creatures" is part of a hugely popular franchise series published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, including "Beautiful Darkness," "Beautiful Chaos," and the upcoming final installment "Beautiful Redemption."
"Beautiful Creatures," for release by Warner Bros. February 13, 2013, stars Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert.
"Icons," Stohl's solo debut novel, is the first in a planned series at Little, Brown. The futuristic story begins after an alien race has decimated Earth. The fate of the planet lies with four children who are born immune to the aliens' power.
State Kosove and Johnson: "We are thrilled with our involvement in 'Beautiful Creatures' and the franchise it promises. Once we learned of Margaret's new venture, we jumped at the chance to continue our partnership with her and this amazing series of books."
Alcon's in-house counsel David Fierson handled the deal on behalf of the Company.
ABOUT ALCON ENTERTAINMENT
Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEO's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson founded the Company in 1997 with financial backing from Frederick W. Smith, the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx. Alcon, which is named after a mythological archer and ally of Hercules, has financed, and/or co-financed/produced over 19 films, including "My Dog Skip," "Dude, Where's My Car?", "Insomnia," "Racing Stripes," the Academy Award nominated Best Picture "The Blind Side," which earned Sandra Bullock a Best Actress Oscar; "The Book of Eli," starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman; "Insomnia," starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank and directed by Chris Nolan; "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," and "P.S. I Love You," starring Hilary Swank, among many others.
Alcon recently wrapped production on "Beautiful Creatures," based on the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, starring Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons,Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum and Emma Thompson. Richard LaGravenese directed from his adaptation of the novel, which is the first of a hugely popular series.
The Company recently released the box-office success "Dolphin Tale," a 3-D family film starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson, released via Alcon's output deal with Warner Bros.