According to Deadline, Village Roadshow Entertainment Group is in the process of developing a series adaptation of The Athena Protocol, based on author Shamim Sarif‘s YA all-female spy thriller novel of the same name. The book was just published last October and is being described as Bourne Identity meets Karen McManus.
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The Athena Protocol will follow the story of a young woman who is part of a secret, privately-run all-female international vigilante group. When she breaks protocol and assassinates one of their targets, she’s ousted from the organization and goes rogue in order to investigate a sex trafficking ring.
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The novel’s official synopsis reads: “Jessie is a young, ambitious and hot-headed agent at Athena – a top-secret, socially conscious, all-female organization that recruits brilliant young women and trains them in skills from coding to weaponry to combat injustices against women and children around the world. Athena’s leaders, one of whom is Jessie’s mother, have a strict policy that their agents never kill, so when Jessie loses control on a job and compromises the secrecy of the agency, she’s kicked off the team, with her own mother dismissing her without a second glance. But Jessie’s work for Athena and its mission is her identity, and she’s not going to stand by as her former colleagues set off to take down a human trafficking kingpin in Belgrade.
Desperate to prove herself, Jessie launches her own investigation—but going rogue means there’s no one there to watch her back as she gets closer to the horrifying truth behind the Belgrade operation. And in spite of herself, she’s falling for a woman who is likely behind the very evil she’s striving to take down.”
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Shamim Sarif is a British award-winning novelist and filmmaker, who is known for writing the two drama novels The World Unseen and I Can’t Think Straight which were both adapted into films with Sarif serving as the director. Both films, explored the issues of race, gender, and sexuality and also featured the same lead actresses Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth.
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