I’ve looked up Marcus Sakey’s novel Brilliance every time the movie adaptation has blipped across my radar but I haven’t added it to my Kindle yet. Now Will Smith is negotiating to take the lead role, which effectively pushes the project down the smooth chute to tentpole season, I should maybe take the time.
Here’s the book’s description from Amazon:
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.
So that’s intriguing. A whole planet of people doing Derren Brown tricks but squared, one of them hunting a sort-of Magento sounding type. Could work.
The Wrap tell us that David Koepp is writing the screenplay – unfortunately, that doesn’t always go as well as you might hope. Julius Onah is set to direct. It will be only Onah’s second film and undeniably his biggest. I hope to see The Girl Is In Trouble soon to see what he’s made of.
Sakey’s sequel to Brilliance, the second in a proposed trilogy, will be published later this year. I wonder if Smith will be asked to sign for all three films?