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Adaptation Watch: SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel Optioned for Film

Via Kirkus Reviews, it looks like Sylvain Neuvel’s new novel — Sleeping Giants, the first book in The Themis Files which comes out next Tuesday — has already been picked up for a film adaptation.

Wall Street Journal reports that the film adaptation, to be titled The Themis Files, has been picked up by Josh Bratman of Immersive Pictures, who contacted the author directly through his website. Bratman likes the novel’s “smart science”. The film will be distributed by Sony Pictures.

This book was one of my SFF picks for April. In Sleeping Giants, a girl falls down a well and into a giant metal hand. Years later, the world is still trying to unravel the secrets of that bizarre artifact and what it might mean for humanity.

Here’s the official description:

A page-turning debut in the tradition of Michael Crichton, World War Z, and The Martian, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by an earthshaking mystery—and a fight to control a gargantuan power.

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.
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