Sony nabs rights to Jeff Somers novel series

Trevor Sands will adapt first book, titled 'The Electric Church'

Sony Pictures has picked up the movie rights to a series of sci-fi novels by Jeff Somers, tapping Trevor Sands to adapt the first book, titled "The Electric Church."

Jimmy Miller is producing the adaptation, which is working under the moniker of the "The Avery Cates Project," named after the book's main character.

Somers has so far written three books, all set in a near future where Earth is run by a federation of nations and governed by a council. Cates is a bodyguard-assassin who, in "Church," is forced by the governing police force to kill the founder of a church that converts people by transplanting their brains into pliant robotic bodies.

Diana Williams will exec produce. David Householter and Gloria Fan will oversee on behalf of Mosaic

Sands, repped by WME and manager Jewerl Ross, scored the gig after impressing the studio and producer with "Redemption Falls," a Western spec that went out last year.

The scribe recently adapted the science fiction book series "Hyperion" for Warner Bros. and GK Films, to which director Scott Derrickson is attached.

The project marks a change of pace from the usual fare for which Miller is known. The producer made a name for himself in comedies and has Jay Baruchel's "She's Out of My League" coming out in March. He also is developing the comedy "Bad Teacher" for Sony, with Cameron Diaz attached.
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