It looks as if we have a new science fiction epic series on our hands as ‘The Bone Season’ has been picked up by Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox! The novel is the first of a seven book series that takes places in a futuristic society. One of the key concepts in the book series is that our very thoughts can, in some instances, become no longer private. Some of the background aspects are part ‘1984’ and part ‘Inception’ all mixed in with a pretty amazing plot on top of it. Oh! And there’s aliens.
The story takes place in 2059 in a world (at least the part we’re looking at) that is largely controlled by a corporation known as Scion. We follow the story of Paige Mahoney, a 19 year old who also happens to have a gift of being a dreamwalker. That is, a person who has the ability to break into other people’s minds to gather information. Largely illegal, she works for criminals to get by. When she is eventually caught, things take a turn for the worst when she is taken to a city that, by all reports, has been destroyed though is now run by the Rephaim which appear to be an alien race. They are tracking down dreamwalkers and want to use her as part of their growing army. In order to escape she has to master her talents to not only take information from other humans but from the Rephaim as well.
A dark future that includes mind reading, aliens, and a struggle for freedom? Sounds like something that could be worth checking out!
With the constant successes of science fiction and young adult books as of late the fact that Fox has been able to pickup a 7 book series to be given the movie treatment is a huge win. With the right set of writers, director, and cast this could be a money making franchise for years to come. Also with the current want of splitting films up this could realistically stretch into an 8 movie deal rather easily.
Andy Serkis (‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘) and Jonathan Cavendish’s (‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’) The Imaginarium control the rights to the film as they have been pushing it towards development for quite some time now. On top of that Peter Chernin (‘Oblivion‘, ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘) and Jenno Topping (‘Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle’) will be producing.
Are you happy to hear such an epic is going to get the film treatment? Do you think Fox is going to be able to do justice to it? Sound off below!