Jason Henderson’s fiction trilogy to be developed for TV, mobile games, and consumer products.
LOS ANGELES -- Kinsane Entertainment Inc. has acquired the book adaptation rights for author Jason Henderson’s, Young Captain Nemo, a middle-grade fiction trilogy from Amazon. The literary franchise will be developed as an animated series, mobile games, and consumer products for worldwide release.
The NEMO trilogy, which had successfully debuted in 2019, are publications of Macmillan’s Feiwel & Friends imprint. Young Captain Nemo tracks the tale of 12-year-old submariner wunderkind Gabriel Nemo, a present-day descendant of Captain Nemo (a.k.a. Hindu Prince Dakkar) from Jules Verne’s classic novels 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island. Equipped with his wits, his tricked-out Nemotech vessel and paired with his two best mates, Gabriel endeavors to make the ocean a safer place. Besides nature’s wrath, Gabriel faces conflict in the form of his ecological extremist older sister. Unlike her, Gabriel aspires to use his legacy for aboveboard causes, as opposed to random vigilante justice.
Kinsane Entertainment, Inc., a digital entertainment company, is focused on content for kids ages 2 to 15 and their families. Its co-founders are Kurt Inderbitzin, Indrani Pillai, and Saahil Bhargava. Bhargav will be leading the project’s creative development for multiple platforms.
“Kinsane’s acquisition of Nemo represents our commitment to premium kids’ and family-friendly brands,” commented Kinsane Entertainment, Inc. CEO, Inderbitzin. “This partnership will enable us to expand our portfolio into different genres, such as steampunk, conservation, and coming-of-age, thereby appealing to new audience segments via unique storytelling. We love books and are honored to bring this evergreen mythology to life.”
“I’ve loved working on the Young Captain Nemo trilogy with Jason,” added Macmillan’s Feiwel & Friends senior editor, Holly West. “These books are smart, fun, and full of adventure while also having a solid core of friendship and family.”
“I’m excited, but I’m more than excited, I am so jazzed,” shared Henderson. “Young Captain Nemo is an ocean escapade at a time when we need to respect our oceans desperately. Ever since I was a kid and read my first young reader’s edition of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, I have been entranced by the vision of Captain Nemo and his family. Through the course of the story, we see naval ships, submarines, shipwrecks, volcanoes on the sea floor, giant sea monsters, people diving and running around in the rain on top of surfaced subs. This stuff makes me feel alive! I’m thrilled to share this vision with Kinsane, who do such amazing things the world over. I can’t wait to see what happens next!”