Paramount acquires film rights to Jeff VanderMeer's Borne

Jeff VanderMeer

Writer/director Alex Garland managed to assemble a great cast for his adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's sci-fi thriller ANNIHILATION - Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Oscar Isaac. I've never read a VanderMeer book, but the material Garland was working with must be quite impressive to draw in a cast like that.

ANNIHILATION was produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush for Paramount, and the studio is clearly impressed with VanderMeer's prose, as now that ANNIHILATION is in post-production Paramount has purchased the film rights to another VanderMeer novel for Rudin and Bush.

The next collaboration between Paramount, VanderMeer, Rudin, and Bush will be an adaptation of the author's upcoming novel BORNE, which is set to reach bookstore shelves on May 2, 2017 and has the following description:

In a ruined, nameless city of the future, Rachel makes her living as a scavenger. She finds a creature she names Borne entangled in the fur of Mord, a gigantic despotic bear that once prowled the corridors of a biotech firm, the Company, until he was experimented on, grew large, learned to fly, and broke free. Made insane by the company’s torture of him, Mord terrorizes the city even as he provides sustenance for scavengers.

At first, Borne looks like nothing at all―just a green lump that might be a discard from the Company, which, although severely damaged, is rumored to still make creatures and send them to far-distant places that have not yet suffered collapse.

Borne reminds Rachel of the island nation of her birth, now long lost to rising seas. She feels an attachment that she resents: attachments are traps, and in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet when she takes Borne to her subterranean sanctuary, Rachel convinces her lover, Wick―a special kind of dealer―not to render down Borne as raw genetic material for the drugs he sells.

But nothing is quite the way it seems: not the past, not the present, not the future. If Wick is hiding secrets, so is Rachel―and Borne most of all. What Rachel finds hidden deep within the Company will change everything and everyone. There, lost and forgotten things have lingered and grown. What they have grown into is mighty indeed.

Well, that sounds incredibly bizarre.

If you want to get a head start on the film version, you can pre-order your copy of the book BORNE at this link.

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Extra Tidbit: Have you read any of VanderMeer's novels?
Source: Yahoo



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