Filmmaker penning script with eye toward directing.

Deadline has word that writer/director Brad Peyton (‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’) is set to adapt the first installment of Emmy Laybourne’s post-apocalyptic young adult trilogy ‘Monument 14.’

Best described as ‘The Breakfast Club’ set after the apocalypse, the 2012 novel follows a group of teens who are trapped together in a chain superstore and face the prospect of life, death and love and hate while the world as they know it ends right outside. The follow-up, ‘Monument 14: Sky On Fire,’ is scheduled to hit bookshelves next June.

“As soon as I read the first chapter, I knew I wanted to do this movie,” said Peyton. “It’s such a great concept and the kids felt real to me. The whole experience of living through the end of the world is an exciting one to try to capture on film, especially from such an original perspective.”

The adaptation will be produced by Reel FX and Andrew Adamson’s Strange Weather.