Legendary Pictures Gets Into the Superhero Franchise Business with Brilliance

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Legendary Pictures is getting into the lucrative superhero franchise biz with Marcus Sakey’s upcoming book “Brilliance”. Yes, it’s a book about superheroes that isn’t based on a comic book or, as Hollywood trades like to call it, “graphic novels”. The book won’t even be released yet, but Legendary has already snapped up the movie rights, with Joe Roth and Palak Patel attached to produce.

So what’s it all about? Think “The X-Men” cross with “24”:

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in—and betray his own kind.

The book jacket (below) comes with a quote from Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher books, and that’s good enough for me. I’m picking this sucker up when it hits in July.

Legendary is clearly setting this up as a would-be franchise, with the book itself expected to be the first of a trilogy. I’m always curious when authors set up books as a trilogy. It’s kind of like George R.R. Martin declaring 7 books in his “Game of Thrones” series. It’s really putting yourself in a corner, isn’t it?

Anyways, it’ll be a while yet before “Brilliance” arrives anywhere at a theater near you, so give it at least 2 years to gestate in H’wood.

Brilliance Book Cover

Via : Deadline