If you're a fan of Patrick Hemstreet, then you may be thanking a higher power that producers Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell have picked up the film and TV rights to The God Wave trilogy of books.
Written by Hemstreet, the books follow a neuroscientist and a mathematician who have figured out how to unlock "incredible power dormant in ninety percent of the human brain." Test subjects develop "godlike" powers ... but will these powers be used for good or evil? The God Wave was published last year, and the second book in the series, The God Peak, came out a few days ago. A third book is in the works.
The basic idea is nothing new; we have seen it in everything from Lucy to Limitless. But Hemstreet has a background as a neuroengineer and was a Navy medic trained for special warfare, so it sounds like he can approach the material in a far more scientific way.
“I’ve been studying the neuroscience for this book during research I’ve been doing on substance abuse recovery for the past couple years,” Steindorff said. “When I saw how true and accurate the science was in this fiction novel, I was blown away to see the human potential and spiritual element that Patrick has tapped into. I’m inspired to bring this story to big screens.”
Steindorff and Russell paid six figures for the trilogy of books, which they intend to turn into "a series" of movies. Hemstreet himself will be an executive producer on the films.
Here's the official synopsis:
A team of neuroscientists uncover amazing new capabilities in the brain that may steer human evolution toward miraculous and deadly frontiers in this spectacular debut work of speculative science fiction—Limitless meets James Rollins—that combines spirituality and science in an inventive, mind-blowing fashion.
For decades, scientists have speculated about the untapped potential of the human brain. Now, neuroscientist Chuck Brenton has made an astonishing breakthrough. He has discovered the key—the crucial combination of practice and conditioning—to access the incredible power dormant in ninety percent of our brains. Applying his methods to test subjects, he has stimulated abilities that elevate brain function to seemingly “godlike” levels.
These extraordinary abilities can transform the world, replacing fear and suffering with tranquility and stability. But in an age of increasing militarization, corporate exploitation, and explosive technological discovery, a group of influential power brokers are determined to control Brenton’s new superbeings for their own manipulative ends—and their motives may be far from peaceful.