Summit Entertainment is to develop a feature version of Tempest, the first part of a projected trilogy of teen time traveler novels by debut author Julie Cross.

Sonny Mallhi will produce the film. Brendan Deneen will executive produce via the new Macmillan Films banner, along with Roy Lee.

Set to be published by the Thomas Dunne Books division of St Martin’s Press, Tempest is the first installment in a trilogy about a 19-year-old time traveler who witnesses his girlfriend’s murder and inadvertently jumps back two years. Stuck in the past, he is recruited by a shadowy government agency run by the man he thought was his father. He vows to save his girlfriend no matter the cost.

Summit’s president of production Erik Feig, senior vice president of acquisitions and co-productions Michael Schaefer and creative executive Sophie Cassidy (who brought the material into the company) will oversee the project.

Tempest is reportedly the first project set up at Macmillan Films, a production offshoot of Macmillan Publishers that is headed by former Miramax development executive and current Thomas Dunne editor Deneen.