According to Deadline Warner Bros. has acquired rights to The Planet Thieves, an upcoming novel by author Dan Krokos which is set to be published next year. The project will be produced by David Heyman, who is responsible for all the Harry Potter movies, and The Planet Thieves movie was actually pitched as ‘Harry Potter set in space’.
The book synopsis can be read below:
When the crew of the SS Egypt gets massacred by an alien race, Mason Stark, a thirteen-year-old cadet in the Earth Space Command, must lead his fellow cadets in a daring surprise attack to retake the ship, and recover a stolen technology that could spell the end of planet Earth.
In January Krokos wrote on his blog about The Planet Thieves, and where his inspiration came from:
The Planet Thieves is something I wrote. I wanted to write a pure adventure story, something fun. What I came up with is slightly darker than what I was going for, but it’s still a work in progress. I got the idea when I imagined the bridge of a space ship manned only by cadets. Kids who knew what they were doing but lacked the experience of battle. I asked myself why that would happen, and went from there.
He also said he likes the lore of Star Wars, and the most enjoyable parts for him “was coming up with history for my own story.”