Sci-fi novel Children of Time getting big-screen adaptation at Lionsgate

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Oct 11, 2017

Those with a severe case of arachnophobia should look away now.

Children of Time – the sci-fi novel by author Adrian Tchaikovsky that deals with mutant creepy-crawlies – is getting the big-screen treatment by Lionsgate, Variety reports.

The novel, which will be adapted for the screen by Colby Day, tells the story of a planet inhabited by “evolved spiders” uplifted by human scientists, the last humans alive in the universe, who are on the hunt for new digs after Earth has become uninhabitable. But tension arises when the super arthropods realize that they don’t want to be replaced by pedestrians.

Released in 2015, the book was a hit with critics and fans of the genre, and was eventually given the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction of the year.

According to one glowing review from the Financial Times, the story is “superior stuff” that tackles “big themes — gods, messiahs, artificial intelligence, alienness — with brio.”

Fans of the book have already been getting excited about news of the big-screen treatment, and it seems that the film's marketing team could enjoy some mileage out of the rival "teams" in the story, with one Twitter user remarking that they’re already on “Team Spider.”

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