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Encyclopedic Ology books to be adapted into shared cinematic universe by Paramount

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Jan 31, 2018, 2:07 PM EST (Updated)

Paramount Pictures has set in motion a massive project to bring the Ology books to the big screen, reports Deadline. A writers' room has been assembled with entertainment veteran Akiva Goldsman (Batman & Robin, The Dark Tower) at the helm. Among this collection of screenwriters are Jeff Pinkner (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Michael Chabon (Spider-Man 2), Joe Robert Cole (Black Panther), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1), and Christina Hodson (Bumblebee). You'd be hard-pressed to find a better collection of writing talent, which has years of franchise-building experience among them.

The idea is to have seven scripts with interconnected stories, meaning that this could be Paramount's shot at a big-budget cinematic universe. With the concepts of monsters and mythical creatures, it could be the Dark Universe that Universal was never able to properly kick off. 

The word "ology" is actually a Latin suffix that means "the study of," hence biology, psychology, kinesiology, etc. Using the suffix, the Ology books are supposed to mimic real-world illustrated encyclopedias while exploring supernatural and fantasy topics such as DragonologyMonsterologyVampireology, and Alienology. Each publication takes the format of a "lost journal," supposedly written by some expert or investigator in the field. 

While the books in the series were penned by various authors, Dugald Steer has helped co-write and edit all of them. Helen Ward, Wayne Anderson, Nghiem Ta, Chris Forsey, A. J. Wood, Douglas Carrel, J.P. Lambert, Ian P. Andrew, and Nick Harris are just some of the illustrators who helped bring the books to vivid life. There are currently 14 Ology books in existence, with Knightology being the most recent addition. 

This is not the first time Hollywood has been interested in adapting the series. As early as 2008, Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were planning on writing the script for Dragonology at Universal. In 2012, Blue Sky Studios director Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age, Ferdinand) was in the middle of developing an animated version of Alienology. With those precedents in place, Goldsman's band of merry writers seems to be the first major catalyst in the entertainment industry to bring these books to the silver screen. 

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