I am planning on working with a successful author and would like to option her trilogy to create a Transmedia franchise. I plan to do this in stages and with the help of a broadcaster of which I have a couple that I plan to pitch the project to (I have personally pitched another project to them before). I have a good working relationship with the author and she has previously given me an option on the trilogy for 6 months. Recently I have asked for an option again and she has come back with the following comment after speaking to her manager. "Although I will not give away an option on one of my trilogies (especially since this trilogy connects to three others), I am prepared to sign an agreement giving you the first right to option this trilogy should the project find the interest and funding to buy the option." My question is, is it worth me putting in the work to pitch this project on this promise alone or should I push for the option and pay whatever fees are necessary. The "First option on an option" seems to me a bit of an uncertainty. Thank you in advance.