Wertzone tells us that Richard K. Morgan’s futuristic noir thriller novel Thirteen (released in the U.K. as Black Man) is being optioned for film.

Transcendence producers Kate Cohen and Marisa Polvino are attached to the project. Kenny Golde (who most recently adapted Isaac ASimov’s End of Eternity) will be writing the screenplay.

The 2008 novel was the winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award. It’s about a man named Carl Marsalis who was genetically engineered by the U.S. government to be a new breed the ultimate military fighting machine. Marsalis and his fellow “Thirteens”, branded as mutants by a frightened public, are exiled to a desolate Mars colony. Marsalis manages to slip his way back into human society (and earn a nice living as well) as a skilled bounty hunter and hit man — until he is caught and lands in jail. But the government gives him a new choice: finish his days in prison or use his skills to capture another fugitive. The problem? That fugitive is another Thirteen, and a murderous psychotic one at that.

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