According to Variety, Fox 2000 has emerged as the victor in a bidding war over Katherine Fisher's young adult fantasy novel, Incarceron. The film will be produced by Seed Productions, which is headed by actor Hugh Jackman and producer John Palermo. As with most things in Hollywood these days, the project has been put on priority with the hope of turning the property into a bankable franchise as Fisher releases more novels in the series (the second book, Sapphique, hits U.S. shelves next January).
For those unfamiliar with Incarceron (I had never heard of it before), the Variety article offers a convenient summary of the bestselling novel.
"Incarceron" tells the story of a young boy who lives in a prison that is a complete society; outside the prison, the world is stuck in the 17th century and run by computers. The boy comes into contact with the warden's daughter, who lives in her own sort of jail, and they find a key that can change everything.
From that description, the book sounds kind of dark. Of course, I don't mean dark in the lame emo sense that marks so much popular teen fiction, but rather in the cool dystopic sense that is a hallmark of good science fiction. If that brief summary piqued your interest, you can find more information on the novel at Amazon.
Over the last 10 years, young adult fantasy literature has become one of the most highly prized commodities in Hollywood. In fact, beginning with the first Harry Potter film in 2001, it's impossible to go one whole year without seeing a popular young adult novel brought to the big screen. Just look at the list. Besides Harry Potter, here are just a few of the young adult fantasy novels adapted for film: The Golden Compass, The Chronicles of Narnia, and of course, the billion dollar baby, Twilight.
Obviously, Fox is hoping that Incarceron becomes a breakout franchise like some of its better-known peers. Will it actually happen? Only time will tell.
Does Incarceron sound interesting to you? If you have read the book, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.