Last year Legendary Pictures announced that they would be developing a sci-fi thriller called Brilliance, which will be an adaptation of the novel by Marcus Sakey. Today we've learned that the studio has hired Julius Onah to direct the film. He is the director of several short films and a feature film called The Girl is in Trouble that I'm not familiar with. It's cool to see him land such a big movie deal, and I hope he is able to make it something awesome.
The story is described as being like the X-Men, "set in a world where a rare set of people are born with extraordinary abilities and are called 'brilliants.' At the center of the story is a federal agent with great hunting gifts who is drafted to hunt down a terrorist, another such brilliant who intends to start a civil war."
There will be a trilogy of books, and I think the movie has pretty solid potential. Here's a description of the first book:
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.