We reported this some weeks back, but the press release just came in now: Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance) has been sold in multiple six-figure deals.
Press release follows…
In the wake of the London Book Fair last month, Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance) has been acquired by The Fourth Estate (U.K.) in a six-figure deal, as well as HarperCollins Canada in another six-figure deal. The movie rights were acquired by Scott Rudin Productions and Paramount Pictures in March in what Deadline Hollywood called “a sizable deal”—after Farrar, Straus & Giroux bought the trilogy at auction, also in a six-figure deal. Excitement in VanderMeer’s books going into the fair has also resulted in deals with Seix Barral (Spain), De Bezige Bij (Netherlands), and Intrenseca (Brazil) as well as other top-tier publishers in a half-dozen countries, with more to follow.
The first volume, Annihilation, tells the story of the biologist assigned to the twelfth expedition into a strange forbidden zone. Area X appears to be pristine wilderness but hides a number of terrifying secrets. The subsequent titles, Authority and Acceptance, continue to explore the mystery of Area X, the expeditions overseen by a secret agency known as the Southern Reach.
“It’s gratifying because the books are very personal to me,” VanderMeer said, when asked about the attention the books have gotten pre-publication. “The setting is, transformed, a long wilderness trail I’ve hiked here in North Florida for the past fifteen years. I’m happy that the idea and characters are resonating with so many people.”
Annihilation will be published by FSG in the U.S. in early 2014. VanderMeer is represented by Sally Harding of the Cooke Agency and Joseph Veltre (film) at Gersh. FSG holds world rights to the trilogy.