Fox Buys Hot Sci-Fi Book 'The Dark Side' for Steve Zaillian to Produce (Exclusive)

The 'Exodus' writer, whose deal is at the studio, will produce with his Film Rites' partner Garrett Basch
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Steve Zaillian, Garrett Basch

20th Century Fox has preemptively bought the film rights to hot Frankfurt Book Fair title The Dark Side by Anthony O'Neill for Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch's Film Rites to produce.  

The Dark Side is an elevated sci-fi noir story set in a future where the moon is utilized as a penal colony, housing criminals, psychopaths and curious tourists alike. As an anarchic android begins wreaking havoc on the area, and bodies start turning up, an exiled detective arrives to investigate. The project is described as in the vein of Avatar and Blade Runner.

Simon & Schuster just acquired worldwide rights to the novel and plans to publish the book in Spring 2015.

Basch and Zaillian, whose first-look deal is with Fox, are currently in production on the upcoming HBO series Crime. Zaillian co-wrote Fox's upcoming Ridley Scott epic Exodus: Gods & Kings

Fox's book scout Drew Reed got an early jump on the material, and the studio scooped it up before any other studio had a chance. Fox's Kira Goldberg is overseeing for the studio.

CAA repped the author.

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