BBC Books has been appointed by Copyright Promotions Licensing Group to publish an original novel based on TV smash Heroes and its Japanese time travelling character, Hiro.
The novel, Saving Charlie, will be published on March 6th 2008. It will tell the story of Japanese office worker Hiro who, through the use of his ability to pierce the space-time continuum and manipulate time, catapults himself into the past to save Charlie, a small town Texas waitress with an extraordinary memory, from being murdered by super powered serial killer Sylar.
"One of the more memorable relationships in season one was Hiro's first love, the waitress Charlie," explained Tim Kring, creator and executive producer of Heroes. "We were as smitten as Hiro by that story and seized the chance to tell the full adventure of Hiro's six months in the past."
Susan Bolsover, category director at CPLG, added: "We had huge interest from publishers looking to pick up rights for Heroes long before a writer for the novel had been brought on board, which is testament to the massive appeal of the show.
"Saving Charlie will capitalise on the rich storylines seen in the series, extending the story beyond what viewers already know of the relationship between Hiro and Charlie."