EXCLUSIVE: Seoul, Los Angeles-based company Bound Entertainment ( Apple's Dr. Brain ) has teamed up with author Anne Liang to develop her debut YA novel If You Could See the Sun into a TV series.
The novel, published today by Inkyard Press, follows Alice Sun, who has always felt like an outsider at Beijing's elite international boarding school, where she is the only scholar among China's richest and most powerful teenagers. But then she starts disappearing uncontrollably – well, really disappearing. When her parents tell her they can no longer afford her education, even with a scholarship, Alice devises a plan to monetize her strange new powers: she will, for a fee, uncover the scandalous secrets her classmates seek. But as the investigations turn from petty scandals to real crimes, Alice must decide if she wants to lose her sanity or even her life.
Liang will implement the project. He said today, "I'm thrilled to be working with Bound Entertainment on this adaptation and it's both a dream and an honor to be a part of this process. I'm so excited for what's to come."
This is the latest move by Bound Entertainment, founded by entertainment industry veteran and producer Samuel Ha ( Okja, Time to Hunt ) and specializes in TV, film and digital media. Development and production of various content to reach the world. Viewers for all platforms. Resources and stories from and about the Asian diaspora.
Liang is also the author of the upcoming contemporary romantic comedy This Time It's Real , due out on Scholastic in 2023, I Am Not Jessica Chen (The Ink Yard) and another upcoming book. He is represented by Sugar23, Andrea Brown Literary Agency and Surpin, Mayersohn & Coghill LLC.