'Transcendence' Producers Nab Rights to Sci-fi Novel 'Thirteen' (Exclusive)

Thirteen Richard K. Morgan Book Cover - P 2014
<p>Thirteen Richard K. Morgan Book Cover - P 2014</p>
Kenny Golde is adapting the film, which is being produced by Straight Up Films' Kate Cohen and Marisa Polvino along with Vinson Films' Tripp Vinson.

Transcendence producers Kate Cohen and Marisa Polvino are heading back to the future.

The Straight Up Films duo, who developed and produced the recent Johnny Depp sci-fi vehicle, have acquired the rights to the futuristic noir thriller Thirteen.

Written by Richard K. Morgan, the novel was first published in 2008 and won the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction literature. Morgan also previously won the Philip K. Dick Award for distinguished science fiction writing. 

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Kenny Golde will write the screenplay. He most recently adapted Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi thriller End of Eternity for New Regency and is the writer of Forsaken, which is set up with Hyde Park and Parkes/MacDonald with Jean Luc Herbulot attached to direct. Golde also penned the indie World War II film Walking With the Enemy, which is currently in theaters. 

Cohen and Polvino are producing Thirteen alongside Tripp Vinson through his Vinson Films. Vinson brought the novel to Cohen and Polvino. Lisa Zambri will executive produce.

Cohen also wrote and produced the Nick Stahl/Alicia Witt drama Away From Here, which Polvino executive produced. Polvino previously produced The Education of Charlie Banks and Brooklyn Rules

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Vinson has several projects in varying stages of production including Solace, starring Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins and Abbie Cornish in postproduction; the Dwayne Johnson actioner San Andreas, which is currently filming; and thriller Eloise, which is beginning production this week, the directorial debut of Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Robert Legato (Titanic, Hugo). On the television side, Vinson executive produces the hit CBS series Intelligence

Golde is repped by APA, manager Jon Karas and attorney Darren Trattner.

Morgan was repped by Alan Nevins of Renaissance Literary & Talent.

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