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.
Screen Daily is reporting that author Patrick Ness has adapted his novel A Monster Calls into a screenplay for Focus Features, who will distribute the fantasy/drama in the U.S. in October 2016.
The story is about thirteen-year-old Conor O’Malley who, in addition to being bullied at school, has nightmares about his mother’s failing health. But the monster he sees outside his bedroom window is real. It’s an ancient tree come to life, who tells Conor stories and asks him to tell the truth. Conor’s relationship with the tree monster helps him come to terms with his mother’s illness. The idea for the book came from award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself.
The film is being directed by J.A. Bayona, the director of The Impossible and the just-announced World War Z 2 (according to IMDB). Stars attached to the project include Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as the boy’s mother and Liam Neeson as the monster.
The latest book adaptation news (from Variety) is that Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking is coming to film, possibly to be directed by Robert Zemeckis.
The Chaos Walking trilogy — comprised of the books The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men and a trio of short stories — is a young adult dystopian science fiction series in which all living beings can hear each other’;s thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise. The books have their young protagonists dealing with several moral issues and the series has been praised for its treatment of themes, which include gender issues and the gray area between good and evil.
Right now, Variety reports that Charlie Kaufman is writing the script and Robert Zemeckis may direct the film.