A couple of days ago we brought you news that Marc Forster’s next film after the brilliant World War Z, would be a sci-fi set on Mars. The film will be based on Pierce Brown’s novel, Red Rising.
Only recently released, Red Rising is the first book in a proposed trilogy, and Forster will be directing the movie adaptation of the first book. Joe Roth and Palak Patel, both responsible for Oz the Great and Powerful and the upcoming Maleficent, will be producing the film which is already being compared to The Hunger Games and Ender’s Game.
Now a seven deal has been struck, and Universal have beat off competition to get screen rights.
Universal Pictures has emerged from a bidding battle with Sony Pictures to win screen rights to Red Rising, the just-released Pierce Brown novel that World War Z director Marc Forster will helm as his next film. The deal is in the seven figures. Brown has written a script, and Joe Roth, Palak Patel and Renee Wolfe are producing.
Here’s the plot crunch from the book:
The tale takes place on desolate Mars, where the protagonist is caught in a class system that thrives on oppression and secrecy. He is a Red, the lowest member of society, born to toil in the bowels of the planet in service to the sovereign Golds. When Darrow suffers a devastating loss and betrayal he becomes a revolutionary, out to bring about social justice. Questions of fate, duality, and loyalty, evolve in a cruel test of war between the sons and daughters of the ruling elite.