‘Unwind’ Gets Picked Up By Constantin Films

It took five years, but Neal Shusterman’s ultra-creepy YA thriller (and unabashed social debate-inciter) “Unwind” is finally headed for Hollywood! Simon & Schuster has just announced that the book, which was published back in 2007 but continues to gain popularity with the young-adult literati, has been optioned by Constantin Film for adaptation—a lovely holiday gift for the fans who’ve worked so diligently to make sure everyone and their mother reads Shusterman’s masterpiece.

Assuming it finds its way into theaters, “Unwind” will be right at home with other dystopian trendsetters like “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games”; it’s the story of a futuristic society in which abortion has been banned nationwide, but parents of troublesome kids between the ages of 13 and 17 can choose to retroactively terminate their lives through “unwinding”—a gruesome process in which every body part from organs to eyeballs to epidermis is harvested and donated (the idea being that the unwound subject is still “alive,” just in pieces. Comforting!) The novel follows three teens who are destined for the harvest camps: Connor, a rebellious dude whose frustrated parents sign the order to unwind him; Risa, an orphaned ward of the state; and Levi, who has been willingly given over by his intensely religious family as a sacrificial tithe. Through a series of coincidences, the three end up on the run together—where they might just make it, if they can only survive to their 18th birthdays.

And while there’s no word yet on when we might see a script in the works, the excited buzzing of “Unwind” fans who can’t wait to see their book on the big screen should light a fire under the studio.

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