Yet another YA novel has attracted the attentions of Hollywood, with Michael Grant’s ambitious sci-fi property BZRK the latest to be adapted for the big-screen.
Sony Pictures have procured the rights, with Sam Raimi & Josh Donen handling production duties and Michael Ross penning the screenplay. Ross is relatively new to the writing scene but has been active in the industry since 1996, working as an Editor. Somebody must have recently noticed his previously untapped screenwriting talent though, as he’s currently attached to six(!) other upcoming projects, including a futuristic take on Robin Hood and the long-in-development NEAR DARK remake.
So what of BZRK’s story for those of you who haven’t read it? Well, it’s the first of a planned trilogy (so Sony will be banking on this to kick-start a franchise of its own), it’s set in the future… it’s got teenagers in it, who… fight… with nanobots… and… erm... Ok, I admit it, I haven’t read it either. Let's just have a read of the book's official synopsis instead…
‘These are no ordinary soldiers. This is no ordinary war. Welcome to the nano, where the only battle is for sanity. Losing is not an option when a world of madness is at stake. Time is running out for the good guys. But what happens when you don't know who the good guys really are? Noah and Sadie: newly initiated to an underground cell so covert that they don't even know each other's names. Here they will learn what it means to fight on a nano level. Soon they will become the deadliest warriors the world has ever seen. Vincent: feels nothing, cares for no one; fighting his own personal battle with Bug Man, the greatest nano warrior alive. The Armstrong Twins: wealthy, privileged, and fanatical. Are they the saviours of mankind or authors of the darkest conspiracy the world has ever seen? The nano is uncharted territory. A terrifying world of discovery. And everything is to play for...’
Nope, still don’t have a clue what it’s about.
Stay tuned for more as it develops…
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