Alternate universes are awesome. Sliders made an entire series out them and did it on a weekly basis, so why should Brilliance be any different? For one it’s written (well, being written) by Marcus Sakey, whose stories are regularly being adapted for film. Second, in a world where anyone could secretly have super powers you can never really tell who’s working for who.
The fifth novel from Sakey and his first in six years, Brilliance won’t be released until July 16th of this year, but that hasn’t stopped Legendary Pictures from scooping up the hot property before anyone else could. The story is a drama and crime thriller set in an alternate universe where one percent of children born develop super powers later in life and are known as ““brilliants.”
For the full synopsis check out the official book description via Amazon:
In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in—and betray his own kind.
Sounds great right? (but wasn’t the power of being invisible where nobody is looking already used in Mystery Men?) Saskey is going for what many are calling an “X-men like vibe” with Brilliance, but it’s the fact that the powers are secondary to the main story that drew studios in.
Brilliance is first and foremost a thriller and hopefully Legendary Pictures can translate that properly to film, seeing as the studio has already attached producers Joe Roth and Palak Patel to the project. There is no news on a production start as of yet, but even with the slew of other super hero films coming out in the next few years this film is already standing apart -and it isn’t even on bookshelves yet.
It may not be the most original premise, but you have to admit, it has potential. THR is reporting that yesterday (Thursday) a pitch hit Hollywood for a steampunky literary-themed action-adventure by Ernest Lupinacci was floating around and by the end of the day it was Sony Pictures that snatched it up.
Called The Royal Honour Society, it is about a group who’s membership includes H.G. Wells (The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine), Jules Verne (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth), Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), and while we know them as writers it turns out they actually were adventurers.
Ok, so it’s not the most original pitch in the world.
That’s about all we know at this point and yes it does sound a bit like Alan Moore‘s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and the Malcolm McDowell movie Time After Time, however it could be pretty cool. I guess it depends which direction producers Joe Roth and Palak Patel decide to go. If they take the high road (akin to the aforementioned Malcolm McDowell movie) it’d be true to form and probably awesome. If they just slap a couple of vacuum tubes and gears on a few things, like the adaption of Moore’s 19th century adventure team, it’ll be disappointing.
Oh, wait… wait if they go the Wild Wild West route..? Sloppy misplaced steampunk and Will Smith rapping the theme song… I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.
Universal Pictures has released another trailer for Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Sam Claflin. As if this wan’t enough, they also released an exclusive five-minute first-look preview of the June 1st release.
In the epic action-adventure from producers Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland) and Sam Mercer, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor) dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.
Check out the trailer and the five minute preview and let your fellow NerdBastards know what you think.