Sony nabs 'Angelology' rights

Won bidding war for Danielle Trussoni's debut novel

Sony won a fierce bidding war for "Angelology," the debut novel by Danielle Trussoni in the vein of "The Da Vinci Code." The studio picked up the movie rights for Will Smith's Overbrook and Marc Forster's Apparatus shingle, which will co-produce.

"Angelology" is proving to be one of the hotter literary properties in a while. The novel sparked a bidding war amongst several publishing houses, ultimately ending up at Viking earlier in the week. The screen rights chase began right after.

The story follows a young nun in upstate New York who unwittingly reignites an ancient war between Angelologists, a group who studies angels, and a race of monster-like descendants of angels and humans called the Nephilim.

The book was generating heat for blending Biblical lore, the Orpheus myth, and the fall of rebel angels.

Overbrook's James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz and Apparatus' Brad Simpson were instrumental in bringing the book into Columbia, which was competing with Warners (for Akiva Goldman's Weed Road) and Universal (for Imagine). The deal was in the seven figures.

Columbia president Doug Belgrad will head the studio production team, with Andrea Gianetti and DeVon Franklin overseeing the project.

Trussoni is repped by CAA and Janklow & Nesbit.