Legendary Picks Up Superpowered Thriller Novel 'Brilliance'

"Oz the Great and Powerful" producer Joe Roth is attached to produce the adaptation of Marcus Sakey's upcoming novel.
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Joe Roth and his Roth Films partner Palek Patel, fresh off the opening-weekend success of Oz the Great and Powerful, have set up Brilliance, an upcoming novel by Marcus Sakey, at Legendary Pictures.

Taking cues from the Marvel X-Men franchise, the book takes place in a world where a rare set of people are born with extraordinary abilities and are called “brilliants.” At the center of the story is a federal agent with great hunting gifts who is drafted to hunt down a terrorist, another such brilliant who intends to start a civil war.

The book is due to hit stores in July and is intended to be part of a trilogy.

Alex Hedlund will oversee for Legendary.

Sakey is repped by CAA and Scott Miller at Trident Media Group.