LOS ANGELES, July 9 Best-selling author James
Patterson has reached a deal to turn his young adult book
franchise "Maximum Ride" into an Internet video series that will
be released on YouTube.
Patterson sold exclusive online rights for "Maximum Ride" to
Collective Digital Studio (CDS), a production company and
operator of YouTube channels, according to a statement released
The eight "Maximum Ride" books, which have sold more than 30
million copies, tell the story of children who are genetically
modified with bird DNA and can fly. The franchise already has a
following on YouTube, where fans have posted videos of
themselves acting out scenes from the books.
CDS plans to start its online series with six to 10 episodes
that are each about 10 minutes long, said Gary Binkow, partner
and chief content officer for CDS. It hopes to release them next
year, he said.
Patterson, whose adult thrillers include the Alex Cross
series, will serve as an executive producer, CDS said.
YouTube is owned by Google.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)