October 22, 2013 5:11pm PT by Borys Kit
Andy Serkis Signs First-Look Deal with Fox, Sets Up 'The Bone Season'
Andy Serkis is flexing his muscle as a producer, and not just for a monkey.
Serkis, best known for his motion capture work in films such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes and King Kong, and his U.K.-based production banner, The Imaginarium, have signed a one-year first-look deal with 20th Century Fox.
And at the same time, the company has partnered with Chernin Entertainment to produce an adaptation of Samantha Shannon’s debut novel The Bone Season, setting up the project at Fox.
Fox and Chernin won the rights in a bidding war. Serkis and his producing partner, Jonathan Cavendish, got in early on the book, securing the rights last year.
Shannon is a bit of a lit phenom. The 21-year-old is still in school, but she already has a three-book deal with Bloomsbury for a book series that she hopes will span seven novels.
The first book centers on a 19-year-old clairvoyant named Paige Mahoney, who roams the streets of London in 2059 as a criminal. But an otherworldly race wants her in their army of clairvoyants, so they kidnap and imprison her in what used to be Oxford.
Peter Chernin will produce with Serkis and Cavendish.
All parties involved are hoping for a global franchise.