Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind,” “I Am Legend”) has signed on to write and produce film adaptations of author Marcus Sakey’s bestselling novel trilogy “Brilliance”. Goldsman will write the adaptations and produce the films with Shane Salerno.
The story is set in a future where ‘brilliants’, the rare 1% born gifted with superior mental abilities, are carefully tracked by the government. A federal agent is tasked with using his own gifts to infiltrate a radical group and hunt down another ‘brilliant’ who could plunge the entire country into a devastating civil war.
The property was previously set up at Legendary as a potential Will Smith vehicle, but rights reverted back to Sakey who wrote two more books and fleshed out a potential franchise.
Goldsman recently penned the currently filming “The Shining” sequel “Doctor Sleep” and is on track to produce the film adaptation of Tom Clancy’s “Without Remorse” starring Michael B. Jordan.