It's a rich time for young adult-oriented genre fiction. Proven science fiction and fantasy franchises such as Divergent and The Hunger Games – as well as franchise hopefuls in The Maze Runner and Seventh Son – will no doubt draw audiences for some time to come.
Though interest in YA sources for adaptation will no doubt eventually fade, more and more titles continue to join the rush. One of the most interesting of these is the recently announced Railhead, a science fiction/adventure based on an as-of-yet unpublished novel, set to be helmed by veteran director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow).
THR reports that Liman has entered negotiations with Warner Bros. to direct a film adaptation of the novel Railhead by Philip Reeve. Though the novel isn't slated to hit bookstores until 2015, interest in the property is apparently quite high.
Only the barest summary of the book is available, but what little has been shared is fairly intriguing. Railhead apparently takes place in a far future in which the universe is traversed via a series of space-bending portals, through which run a vast network of "space trains." On one of these trains, a young thief is convinced to steal something far more valuable and dangerous than he or she thought possible.
Railhead's author is an old hand at genre pieces, having published many young adult and children's novels, including the "Predator Cities" and "Fever Crumb" series. Reeve has previously sold media rights to his work, with an adaptation of his book Larklight stuck in the works since 2006.
Liman's involvement as Railhead's director is certainly interesting, but doesn't point at the creative direction the project might take. Beginning his eclectic career with the cult classic Swingers, Liman has since headed up a mix of blockbusters (The Bourne Identity) and worrying duds (Jumper).
The real test of how he might handle Railhead's epic weirdness will come with this summer's Edge of Tomorrow. If the Tom Cruise vehicle does well, one suspects that Railhead will find itself on the fast track to release.
And if it does find itself on the fast track to release, what will that mean for the upcoming Splinter Cell adaptation, which Liman will supposedly direct? We'll have to wait and see.
Railhead does not yet have a firm release date. Check back with Screen Rant as more details on the project emerge.
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