Films of books can often help drive sales of those books, and bestsellers often make for movie blockbusters, so it’s no surprise to see online bookseller Amazon today announcing that its content development arm, Amazon Studios, has optioned its first novel, the Amazon-published, Southern horror Seed, to begin making a big-screen adaptation.
As with other content optioned by Amazon Studios—comic Blackburn Burrow being the most recent example—Amazon will use crowdsourced user feedback to decide how it adapts the book.
The book, by Ania Ahlborn, is an Amazon product in more ways than one. Not only was it published by 47North, Amazon’s sci-fi, fantasy and horror imprint, but it’s a self-published horror e-book bestseller, making it something of a poster child for Amazon’s whole move to digital, content creation, and operator of a publishing marketplace for others as well.
This is the first time that Amazon has optioned a novel for Amazon Studios …