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Fox and Temple Hill have nabbed the rights to Ben Mezrich’s upcoming book Woolly: The True Story of the De-Extinction of One of History’s Most Iconic Creatures.
The book, slated for publication in fall 2017 via Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books, is described as in the vein of Mezrich’s inside look at the founding of Facebook, Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the 2010 film The Social Network, and his book Bringing Down the House, which was adapted into 2008 heist drama 21.
The story is based on the true story of a geneticist and his team of young Harvard scientists have set out to bring back the Woolly Mammoth from extinction, intending to populate a huge tract of the Siberian tundra as a hedge against a ticking time bomb, hidden deep within the permafrost.
Mezrich is easily one of Hollywood’s favorite authors. Along with writing Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House, he has several other books that are in development for film adaptations. Fox also has the rights to Seven Wonders, his 2014 book based on the seven wonders of the world, while Once Upon a Time in Russia is with RatPac and Warner Bros. New Line has the rights to The 37th Parallel, based on the true story of Chuck Zukowski, an extraterrestrial investigator.
CAA repped the book in the deal.
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