April 24, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Random House Children's Books has acquired
, an engaging new middle-grade fiction series from actor and multi-talented creative artist
New York Times
. The deal was announced today by
, President and Publisher, Random House Children's Books.
Among the many successful films
has written, starred in, produced, or written and performed songs for are
The Muppets; Jeff Who Lives at Home; The Five-Year Engagement; I Love You, Man;
Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
He has also starred in the hit television series
How I Met Your Mother
and the classic
Freaks and Geeks.
marks his debut as an author.
is the author of the acclaimed
trilogy, as well as the
New York Times
The Eternal Ones.
Both scary and funny,
is an adventure story about a group of kids who realize it's up to them to save their town from fear, which has manifested itself in the form of nightmare creatures that have slipped into the everyday world. At its heart,
is about kids overcoming their fears.
Says Segel, "I couldn't be more excited that
has found a home at Random House. Ultimately, it's a story about learning that we can accomplish anything, as long as we are brave enough to try. These are the types of stories that always inspired me."
The deal for North American rights to a trilogy and a companion book was negotiated by
, Vice President and Publisher, Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers, with WME and Abrams Entertainment on behalf of Segel. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The series will be edited by
, Executive Editor, Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers. The first book is scheduled for release in Fall 2014.
has the perfect voice to write for children," says Marcus. "
is inventive, genuine, and relatable to middle-grade readers. We're thrilled to see Jason's creative vision translated to the page, and can't wait to introduce him to the publishing world as a tremendous new talent."
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