Jaigantic Studios acquired Hawthorne Books and Literary Arts. The imprint will target manuscripts with the goal of finding potential projects for film and television content.
“It’s a marriage made in heaven,” said Rhonda Hughes, Hawthorne’s editor.
The company, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, has opted for several projects in the past. This includes selling the rights to Monica Drake’s “Clown Girl” to Kristen Wiig, and Lidia Yuknavitch’s option “The Chronology of Water: A Memoir” to Scott Free, who tapped Kristen Stewart to adapt and realize it. Hawthorne also published Oscar-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten’s novel, “Brilliance.” McCarten wrote the screenplays for “The Theory of Everything” and “The Two Popes”.
Hughes will remain in his current role and continue to buy literary fiction and creative non-fiction. Initially, Hawthorne will publish eight books a year.
Hawthorne’s first book to appear as an imprint of Jaigantic will be “North Star Rising: A Novel About the Life of Frederick Douglass,” by Sidney Morrison, which the company hopes to turn into a miniseries. A first science fiction film is also planned, “The Inevitable” by Daniel Hope and “No Safe Harbor” by Robert Shemeld. Both books will be adapted as a series.
Jaigantic was launched in 2021 by Michael Jai White, whose work as an actor, director and screenwriter includes “Arrow”, “The Dark Knight”, “Spawn” and “Mortal Kombat: Legacy”.
“I’ve worked with Rhonda for over a decade and as we began to grow the content division of Jaigantic, it was a no-brainer. Rhonda have a reputation for being award-winning newbie novelists, an eye for diversity, l “inclusion and impeccable taste. We are thrilled to have Rhonda and Hawthorne join our Jaigantic family,” said Mayne Berke, COO and Producer at Jaigantic Studios.
Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.