Deadline is reporting that Paramount Pictures has acquired the feature rights to Cory Doctorow’s 2008 young adult novel Little Brother. Producers Don Murphy (Transformers)) and Susan Montford are attached to the project. The plan is to make it a young adult franchise, no doubt tapping into the book’s follow-up Homeland and its forthcoming sequels.
Little Brother follows tech-savvy teenage hacker Marcus Yallow (an Edward Snowden-type character, Deadline says) who takes on the Department of Homeland Security after being falsely connected with a terrorist attack. Marcus and his friends are picked up after terrorist attack on the Bay Bridge. The teens are imprisoned, treated like criminals, then eventually let go, but Marcus takes it upon himself to take down the DHS using some quite enterprising uses of current and near-future technology. It was an excellent read for readers of all ages. (See my review here, and my list of 40 Years of Hacker Science Fiction in 7 Notable Works at Kirkus Reviews.)
Not much more is known about the adaptation, so here’s the official description of the novel Little Brother.
Marcus, a.k.a. “w1n5t0n,” is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works–and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.
But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where they’re mercilessly interrogated for days.
When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.