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 »
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.
PREVIOUS 3 AM: In what looks like a win for the publishing industry, NBC‘s Today will this morning kick off a new monthly book club akin to the one created by Oprah Winfrey in 1996. The New York Times reports that the first book out of the gate will be Samantha Shannon’s dystopian debut novel The Bone Season, which goes on sale today. (Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish’s The Imaginarium acquired film rights to the higly-anticipated book series last October.) Picks for the Today book club will be made every four to five weeks and will bear a sticker noting they have been selected, The Times said. Orders for The Bone Season about doubled after retailers were informed of its inclusion, Sara Mercurio, a spokeswoman for publisher Bloomsbury, told the paper. “One can’t overstate the importance of a nationally televised book club,” Mercurio said. “I think it will have a huge impact on this book and on the publishing industry.” Today is the No. 2 morning program behind Good Morning America with a July average of 4.4M viewers. It had a book club about 10 years ago and this revival, The Times writes, “is the latest … Read More »