By Courtney Crowder
11:01 AM CDT, April 20, 2011
While many recent college graduates struggle to find jobs in their fields, Veronica Roth, 22, recently sold the film rights to her debut novel, which isn't due in stores until May.
The Chicago-based author sold the rights to her young adult book, "Divergent," to Summit Entertainment in mid-March for an undisclosed sum. Joanna Volpe, vice president of Nancy Coffey Literary agency and Roth's agent, said she could not comment on "specific deal negotiations."
"'Divergent' is one of those rare books that hit the zeitgeist, and interest in it expanded beyond the usual publishing realm," Volpe added.
Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick of Red Wagon Entertainment have signed on to produce, according to Variety.
Roth has signed a three-book deal with HarperCollins and plans to make "Divergent" the first of a trilogy. The foreign rights to the book have also been sold in 15 countries. HarperCollins declined to release figures for U.S. or foreign rights.
"Divergent" is set in a futuristic, dystopian Chicago in which society is broken into five parts, each of which is dedicated to a virtue: honesty, selflessness, bravery, peace and intellect. At age 16, society members must choose which sect to join - a choice that will affect the rest of their lives.
Roth finished the book while she was studying creative writing at Northwestern University. She is now a full-time writer living in Chicago.
"I'm crazy-excited," Roth, who was unavailable for comment, wrote on her blog after the deal was signed. "My experience with the people at Summit has been very positive so far. I think they have a great vision for the book, one that is close to my own. I also think they're no strangers to taking risks, which is important to me."
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