Brad Pitt developing new, high-concept sci-fi novel Illuminae as film project

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Jan 21, 2016, 5:29 PM EST (Updated)

One of the most unique sci-fi novels to hit shelves this year has landed a development deal with Brad Pitt and Warner Bros. Now would be a good time to pick up a copy of Illuminae.

The film will be based on the new young adult sci-fi novel penned by award-winning authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The book just went on sale last month, and is shaping up to be a hit. The book tells its story through “found” documents in a dossier, which includes everything from text message accounts to casualty lists and classified files. It’s an outside-the-box approach, and the book has quickly jumped onto The New York Times’  Young Adult Hardcover Bestseller list.

As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the overall narrative follows a teenage hacker and her fighter-pilot ex-boyfriend, struggling with their broken relationship while they unearth a conspiracy surrounding an intergalactic war that has them dealing with an enemy race, rogue artificial intelligence and a deadly virus. It’s being developed by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.

This is a fascinating premise, and the book is a tight tale with several interesting threads that could translate well to the big screen. Though it's just one of many books out there to have its film rights snatched up, the involvement of Pitt’s shingle behind the scenes could help keep it on the fast track.

The studio is reportedly looking for a writer to adapt the manuscript right now. 


(Via The Hollywood Reporter)