'Angelology' takes wing at Sony

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Sony has won a fierce bidding war for "Angelology," the debut novel in the vein of "The Da Vinci Code" by Danielle Trussoni. The studio picked up the movie rights for Will Smith's Overbrook and Marc Forster's Apparatus shingle, which will co-produce.

"Angelology" is proving to be one of the hotter literary properties in awhile. The novel sparked a bidding war among several publishing houses before ending up at Viking last week. The screen rights chase began right after.

The story follows a young nun in upstate New York who unwittingly reignites an ancient war between Angelologists, a group that studies angels, and a race of monster-like descendants of angels and humans called the Nephilim.

The book was generating heat for its blending of biblical lore surrounding the fall of rebel angels and the Orpheus myth.

Overbrook's James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz and Apparatus' Brad Simpson were instrumental in bringing the book to Columbia, which was competing with Warners (for Akiva Goldsman's Weed Road) and Universal (for Imagine). The deal was in the seven figures.

Columbia president Doug Belgrad will head the studio production team, with Andrea Gianetti and DeVon Franklin overseeing the project.

Trussoni is repped by CAA and Janklow & Nesbit. (partialdiff)
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