Two creative teams from Queensland were each selected to adapt a story from the Canadian social storytelling platform Wattpad to the screen.
Writer Dominic Morris and producer Nadine Bates of Brisbane production company Like A Photon Creative will direct a feature film version of The sibling code(21.2 million reads) by Elizabeth A. Seibert.
The other team includes screenwriter Siobhan Domingo and producer Elizabeth Simard, who have been tasked with creating a television series based on How to lose weight and survive the apocalypse(236,000 reads) by Australian Kate J. Squires.
It comes after Screen Queensland announced a partnership with Wattpad Webtoon Studios in June last year as part of a $ 3.3 million COVID response plan, launching a development initiative that invited Queensland creatives to offer adaptations of two original titles for young adults by Wattpad.
Drawing on the stories and insights of Webtoon and Wattpad’s combined audience of over 166 million people, Wattpad Webtoon Studios determines stories with potential for publication, film, television or digital reimagining at the help data information.
The company will engage the global Wattpad community, as well as existing fans ofThe sibling codeandHow to lose weight and survive the apocalypse, incorporating public feedback from the Wattpad platform and social media into the development process.
With the scripts now delivered, both projects will be audience testing with fans of the stories, with the approach designed to help teams move to the final stages of the script and produce a concept trailer to market to the market. later this year.
Speaking about the audience testing phase, Domingo said it was a great opportunity to get feedback and input from fans so early in the process.
“This is ultimately going to help us shape a series that is a new take on the original work that fans are going to love,” she said.
Morris added that giving fans a voice in the process made them “really excited.”
Dexter Ong, head of international strategy at Wattpad Webtoon Studios, said the company has pioneered a data-driven, fan-driven approach to creating successful entertainment.
“These are incredible stories with readers all over the world, and we are delighted to include some of their most passionate fans in the adaptation process,” he said.
Screen Queensland Creative Director Jo Dillon said the ability for creative teams to tap into the 90 million passionate Wattpad readers around the world would be of huge benefit as they prepare to present.
“Creative teams will rarely have access to this level of engagement with their primary target audience,” she said.
“It will be extremely satisfying and constructive for the writers and producers to learn which scenes, characters and ideas really hit the mark and also which could do with a little more work.
“From Screen Queensland’s perspective, it’s this audience-driven aspect of our collaboration with Wattpad Webtoon Studios that makes the partnership truly unique and changes the careers of our two Queensland teams. scripts and how they plan to bring these hugely popular onscreen stories to life. “