Lionsgate devises 'Equation'


Lionsgate has acquired the film rights to "The Last Equation," the debut novel by screenwriter Stuart Gibbs.

The story follows the mystery surrounding Pandora, Albert Einstein's last equation. It had the potential to solve the world's energy problems, but it so drastically simplified the process of harnessing atomic energy that it essentially made it possible for anyone to create atomic weaponry. Because of the risks, Einstein either hid or destroyed the equation before his death.

"Equation" takes place in the present day as the government is forced to enlist the help of a fugitive criminal and mathematical genius to find the equation before it falls into the wrong hands.

Lionsgate vp production Jim Miller brought the "Equation" manuscript to the company and will oversee the production. Miller joined Lionsgate in February from Lionsgate-owned Mandate Pictures, where he was responsible for finding and overseeing projects including "Juno."

"Stuart Gibbs has written a novel that has everything you need for a first-rate action-thriller, starting with an ingenious premise about a mathematical formula that could either save the world or destroy it," Lionsgate president of film production Mike Paseornek said.

Gibbs' credits include the feature "Parental Guidance" and the ABC pilot "Shooting Blanks." He is repped by ICM and Magnet Management.