YouTube’s ‘Sunshine Girl’ Gets Film and Book Deal from Weinstein Company
“The Haunting of Sunshine Girl,” a popular horror series on YouTube, is expanding to print and the big screen.
The Weinstein Company has bought the rights to adapt the show, which was co-created by Nick Hagen and Mercedes Rose, into multiple young-adult novels and feature films.
The series, largely shot in a traditional vlog-style format and starring Rose and her daughter Paige McKenzie, tells the story of a girl named Sunshine who moves in with her mother after her 16th birthday. Naturally in stories like these, she soon discovers her house is haunted.
Since debuting in 2010, the series has accumulated close to 120,000 subscribers and over 65 million views on YouTube.
The film adaptation will be written by and star McKenzie, who also writes for the web series. Producers include Hagen and Rose, with Mollie Glick of Foundry Media on board as executive producer.
On the books front, the team will work with writer Alyssa Sheinmel on a young-adult book series. These novels will be released through Weinstein Books, which is a partnership between The Weinstein Company and The Perseus Books Group. A tentative release date for the first book has been set for spring 2015.
No timeframe was provided for the film adaptation.