Fox To Adapt 'Incarceron' Into The Next Franchise?
Reported by Outsiders - 08:50 PM 2010.03.01
Variety is reporting that Fox 2000 has won a bidding war for the rights to make a big screen adaptation of British author Catherine Fisher’s novel 'Incarceron'. The book, which was released in the UK in 2007 with a a sequel, 'Sapphique', being released in the UK in 2008, and is due in the U.S. in January 2011. Fox hopes to turn the young-adult fantasy into a franchise. John Palermo will produce via Seed Productions, Palermo and Hugh Jackman's Fox-based company. No directors or writers have been recruited to the project yet.
The official synopsis of the book from Penguin Group Publishing:
Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible. And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside—she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don’t realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye, and escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know. Because Incarceron is alive.
Imagine a living prison so vast that it contains corridors and forests, cities and seas. Imagine a prisoner with no memory, who is sure he came from Outside, even though the prison has been sealed for centuries and only one man, half real, half legend, has ever escaped. Imagine a girl in a manor house in a society where time has been forbidden, where everyone is held in a seventeenth century world run by computers, doomed to an arranged marriage that appals her, tangled in an assassination plot she both dreads and desires. One inside, one outside. But both imprisoned. Imagine a war that has hollowed the moon, seven skullrings that contain souls, a flying ship and a wall at the world’s end. Imagine the unimaginable. Imagine Incarceron.