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Amblin to Adapt Sci-Fi Novel The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Amblin Partners has acquired feature film rights to The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (buy at Amazon), the sci-fi novel written by Claire North, which won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

In the movie, a man repeatedly born into the same life, who remembers all his past experiences, seeks to save the world by outmaneuvering a similarly gifted rival who’s willing to make any sacrifice to attain a godlike knowledge.

Wes Ball (director of The Maze Runner franchise) will direct. Melissa Iqbal (Humans, The Nevers) has adapted the novel for the big screen.

Academy Award nominees Pete Czernin and Graham Broadbent (Emma, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) of Blueprint Pictures, which originally optioned and developed the project, and Joe Hartwick Jr (Jumper, The Maze Runner) of Oddball Entertainment will produce.

Jeb Brody, Amblin Partners’ President of Production, and Andrew Calof, VP of Creative Affairs, will oversee for the studio.

Published on April 8, 2014, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is officially described as follows:

Wildly original, funny and moving, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is an extraordinary story of a life lived again and again from World Fantasy Award-winning author Claire North.

Wes Ball on the set of The Maze Runner

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.

Until now.

As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. “I nearly missed you, Doctor August,” she says. “I need to send a message.”

This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

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