Fox, Chernin Acquire ‘The Bone Season’ From Andy Serkis As Studio Hails Its Caesar With First-Look Deal

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 4:09pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has teamed with Chernin Entertainment to acquire The Bone Season, the first of a seven-installment sci-fi novel series by Samantha Shannon. The deal was made with Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish’s The Imaginarium, which controlled the rights and will produce with Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping.

At the same time, Fox has made a first-look producing deal with The Imaginarium. This comes after Serkis reprised his role as Caesar in the Matt Reeves-directed Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, the second installment of what has become one of Fox’s most important film franchises. Chernin Entertainment produces that series.

The Bone Season takes place in a futuristic London society, where a 19-year-old girl works in the criminal underworld. She is a dreamwalker, a rare clairvoyant who can break into people’s minds and see what they are thinking. She is kidnapped and whisked away to Oxford, an otherworldly place where dreamwalkers are used as soldiers and where she is held captive by a warden with mysterious motives. The intention is for her to remain incarcerated her whole life, but she tries to find a way into her captor’s mind. Serkis won’t act in it or direct it, and he and Cavendish optioned it early at a book fair, and helped the young author move it along. Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘Today’ To Launch Monthly Book Club With ‘The Bone Season’

By | Tuesday August 20, 2013 @ 6:30am PDT

UPDATE, 6:30 AM: NBC News this morning announced the launch of the Today Book Club. The first edition, focused on 21-year-old Samantha Shannon’s debut novel The Bone Season, will be held September 16.

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