‘Syfy, Tongal and Wattpad’s Story To Screen – A Digital Pilot Project contest has picked a winner. Kristen Brancaccio has been selected by fans to adapt Mikaela Bender’s viral sci-fi thriller Expiration Date for the screen. Brancaccio won the contest with her short Resistance, which puts a high-stakes spy thriller spin on the concept.
The contest, announced in July, allowed fans to vote on their favorite take on the story from three different trailers by different filmmakers, with the biggest vote-getter landing a chance to make a full digital pilot.
Created by Bender (Expiration Date Duology), Expiration Date was one of the most popular sci-fi stories on Wattpad in 2016 and 2017, with more than 16 million reads to date. The sci-fi thriller is set in a future where all members of society are given a certain amount of time to live at birth — represented by an imprint in their arms (think In Time meets Logan’s Run). The story follows a girl named Iris who is “expired” but didn’t actually die at her preordained time. Iris quickly becomes a target of the enigmatic Society, which rules the people and decides who runs out of time and when.
Brancaccio’s digital pilot is set for release in early 2019.
The contest is a partnership between online writing community Wattpad, Syfy and crowdsourced studio Tongal.
You can watch Brancaccio’s Resistance short below.