Development Roundup: Epoch Index, Hiding in Time, Lovecraft County

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Dec 4, 2018, 5:15 PM EST (Updated)

There's a lot going on in the production world today, and we've got the latest updates on some exciting genre projects moving forward in various stages.

Short stories seem to be a big draw for film studios lately, and now Fox has acquired the rights to Epoch Index. The 36-page, self-published novella, which was written by Christian Cantrell, follows the story of Quinn Mitchell, a CIA analyst who is trying to track down an assassin who seems to be killing indiscriminately. "Connected only by a series of numbered tags left on each victim, Mitchell comes to a mind-boggling discovery: the targets are being sent to the assassin from the future – by her," according to Deadline.

Six studios were involved in the bidding war before the rights eventually went to Fox. Brad Peyton (Rampage) is attached to direct the project, with Terminator's Justin Rhodes on board to write and War for the Planet of the Apes' Matt Reeves to produce under his 6th & Idaho banner, along with producing partner Jeff Fierson.

Meanwhile, MGM TV is developing Image Comics' Hiding in Time for a new television miniseries. The comic, which was originally written by Christopher E. Long with art by Ryan Winn, will be adapted by Richard Smith for the small screen. Long will co-executive produce for producers Ray Miller and David Server of Archetype.

According to Deadline, the story takes place "in the near future, where time travel has been cracked and the Witness Protection Program begins relocating those who turn in State’s Evidence to various times in history. Abraham Smith is one such witness, relocated to the past, living a life that’s not his own, centuries before he’s even born. When a witness within the Program is murdered anachronistically, a conspiracy is revealed and Abraham’s safety is called into question."

Lastly, Jordan Peele's upcoming HBO adaptation of Lovecraft Country has landed the first episode's director. According to Deadline, Yann Demange (pictured up top), who previously worked on several projects including Dead Set (by Black Mirror's Charlie Brooker) and BBC's Criminal Justice (which was revamped in the U.S. as HBO's The Night Of), will serve as both director and executive producer on the upcoming drama series. He is currently directing the crime drama White Boy Rick, produced by Darren Aronofsky (mother!) and starring Matthew McConaughey.

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