Sci-fi novel The Punch Escrow to be teleported to big screen

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Apr 10, 2017, 8:50 PM EDT

Looks like Lionsgate is closing the deal to acquire the cinematic rights for Tal M. Klein’s upcoming sci-fi novel, The Punch Escrow.

Set in the year 2147—when nanotechnology controls aging and most diseases are curable; mosquitoes suck on carbon fumes instead of blood, thus effectively ending air pollution; and teleportation is THE mode of transportation par excellence—the novel follows the story of Joel Byram, an A.I. tech who finds himself duplicated during a transporter teleporting incident . You know, just like Riker in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Second Chances.” Yup!

Following the incident, Joel “must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves in a world that now has two of him.” Described as a sci-fi thriller with a love story at its heart, The Punch Escrow was written by Klein as a textbook from the future. Here’s what the author told The Hollywood Reporter:

“I wanted to write a story set in the future that addressed a lot of questions I've had about where our world is going—not dystopia or the apocalypse, just a credible world a century-plus from today in which our relationship with technology continues to evolve at its current pace.”

A tech entrepreneur, this is actually Klein’s first novel (dude is apparently getting a seven-figure deal for the movie rights). He is being repped by UTA, which has a partnership with the book's publisher, Inkshares. No producers are currently attached to the movie as of yet, but I’m sure it won’t take long for Lionsgate to appoint someone as soon as the deal is done.

What do you think of the premise for The Punch Escrow?