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Legendary Pictures Options the Rights to Andrew Pyper’s “The Damned”


Legendary Pictures has officially optioned the upcoming novel from Andrew Pyper that is scheduled to release by Simon & Schuster in February 2015. The novel, “The Damned,” is described as similer to those supernatural thrillers “The Sixth Sense” and “Jacob’s Ladder.”

The book is described as follows:

From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Demonologist, called “smart, thrilling, utterly unnerving” by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, comes a spine-tingling supernatural thriller about a survivor of a near-death experience haunted by his beautiful, vindictive twin sister.

Most people who have a near-death experience come back alone…

After he survived a fire that claimed the life of his twin sister, Ashleigh, Danny Orchard wrote a bestselling memoir about going to Heaven and back. But despite the resulting fame and fortune, he’s never been able to enjoy his second chance at life.

Ash won’t let him.

In life, Danny’s charming and magnetic twin had been a budding psychopath who privately terrorized her family—and death hasn’t changed her wicked ways. Ash has haunted Danny for twenty years and now, just when he’s met the love of his life and has a chance at real happiness, she wants more than ever to punish him for being alive—so she sets her sights on Danny’s new wife and stepson. Danny knows what Ash really wants is him, and he’s prepared to sacrifice himself in order to save the ones he loves. But to do this, he’ll have to meet his sister where she now resides—and hope that this time, he can keep her there forever.

Pyper is no stranger to the film adaptation area. His previous novel, “The Demonologist,” is currently in the development stage at Universal Pictures and Imagemovers as it is being made into a film.

There is to word when the project will begin development or the anticipated release date. Alex Hedlund and Tracy Stevens from Legendary will be overseeing the project.

Legendary Pictures Options Soon To Be Published Novel “Brilliance”


It was recently reported by The Hollywood Reporter that Joe Roth and Palek Patel have bought the film rights to the novel, “Brilliance” by Marcus Sakey. They have bought the rights and set up the film’s development deal with Legendary Pictures.

“Brilliance” has not yet been published but is scheduled to be released this summer. This purchase continues a trend of Hollywood Studios buying unpublished novels that they believe will be a big hit – before another studio gets the chance to cash in on its popularity.

The official description of the novel is as follows:

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.

Patel and Roth are most known for their recent work on the recently released film, Oz The Great and Powerful. Sakey also appears to have extensive knowledge on the subject of crime. To conduct research for his plots, he has shadowed homicide detectives and gang cops, and interviewed soldiers, among other things. His debut novel, The Blade Itself, was featured as a New York Times Editor’s Pick and named one of Esquire Magazine’s 5 Best Reads of 2007.

Ben Affleck bought the film rights to The Blade Itself in 2008 for his production company. The film rights to his second and third novels, Good People and At the City’s Edge, have also been bought.

There is no word yet on when this project will start production or a projected release date.

Legendary Plans The Esperanza Fire Adaptation


John Mclean’s nonfiction novel, “The Esperanza Fire” has been acquired by Legendary Pictures to be adapted into a feature film. The novel is the true story of Raymond Oyler, the man charged with a devastating act of arson that caused a wildfire near Cabazon, California, west of Palm Springs, California.

The wildfire burned over 61 square miles (160 km²). Five firefighters were killed defending a vacant house locally known as the “Octagon” that was ultimately destroyed by the fire: Jason McKay, Jess McLean, Daniel Najera, Mark Loutzenhiser, and Pablo Cerda. In June 2009, Raymond Lee Oyler was sentenced to death for starting the fire.

The official plot description is as follows:

With a keen eye and ear for detail and raw emotion, Maclean dissects the tragic circumstances surrounding the deaths of five firefighters in 2006 after a wind-driven fire burned over their position on a ridge amidst a sea of chaparral and a few trees. Whether or not you’ve ever been on the front line of a wildfire, this book is a gut-wrenching, compelling narrative. It reads like a taut murder mystery, a whodunit novel you can’t put down, with a cast of fascinating characters that includes shady suspects, a dogged detective, DNA evidence, a divided jury, and the victims’ grieving family, friends, and colleagues.

The fire, started by an arsonist on October 26, 2006, burned about 42,000 acres and destroyed 34 houses. The arsonist was caught, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. Maclean, a seasoned journalist with storytelling in his blood, spent six years piecing together the story of the crime. As for the deaths, he also answers the question, “Why?” as well it can be answered — Why did the crew of Engine 57 hold its position on that hilltop, with a fire driven by Santa Ana winds below them? And was anyone, other than Raymond Lee Oyler, the arsonist, ultimately responsible for the deaths?

Alex Hedlund is attached to oversee development on the film version. There is no word on who will be directing or starring in the project.

Paradise Lost Adaptation Falters and Gets Shelved

A few months ago we got word that the film adaptation of the epic poem, Paradise Lost was put on hold for budgetary concerns and we all kind of hoped that didn’t mean that it was going to eventually be cancelled. Unfortunately, that is what happened and the project has been shelved by Legendary Pictures.

The film was being directed by Alex Proyas and was set to star Bradley Cooper. It seemed like it was going to be a pretty awesome film. It was based on John Milton’s 17-century poem, and was going to focus on the war in heaven and the rivalry between the archangels Michael and Lucifer.

But a few months ago, it was announced that the films budget was an issue and the pre-production was brought to a stand-still. Legendary Pictures thought that the script needed to be overhauled as a way to cut costs down. Apparently that didn’t help the budget issues and the project is now shelved until further notice.

Cooper was to star alongside Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Purcell, Callan McAuliff, Camilla Belle and Casey Affleck.

Personally, I was really looking forward to this film. I think it would have looked badass (although I am not too sure about how pretty boy actor Bradley Cooper could have done in this gritty religious film). It seems to me that Legendary Pictures just didn’t want to take a chance with this film so it inevitably shelved it. Hopefully someone will pick this up and work with it in the future.

Paradise Lost – To Be or Not To Be?

Paradise Lost is a movie that director Alex Proyas is putting together, but recently began to have some production setbacks.  According to Deadline, they are postponing the production, but not canceling it.  The movie has a star-studded cast lined up including Bradley Cooper, Benjamin Walker, Djimon Hounsou, Casey Affleck, and Camilla Belle!  However, with the film’s $120 million dollar price tag, the project needed to be revised to cut production costs.

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