Sony Pictures has nabbed the movie rights to a series of sci-fi novels by Jeff Somers called The Electric Church. So far Somers has written three books in the series, which takes place in the near future where the earth is run by a federation of nations and governed by a council. The concept and story sound really interesting, and I can see the potential of it being a good film.
Here is a description of the story:
In the near future, the only thing growing faster than the criminal population is the Electric Church, a new religion founded by a mysterious man named Dennis Squalor. The Church preaches that life is too brief to contemplate the mysteries of the universe: eternity is required. In order to achieve this, the converted become Monks -- cyborgs with human brains, enhanced robotic bodies, and virtually unlimited life spans.
Enter Avery Cates, a dangerous criminal known as the best killer-for-hire around. The authorities have a special mission in mind for Cates: assassinate Dennis Squalor. But for Cates, the assignment will be the most dangerous job he's ever undertaken -- and it may well be his last.
I haven't read the books, but I've heard they're really good. Screenwriter Trevor Sands has been hired to write the script, he recently adapted the science fiction book series Hyperion for Warner Bros. and GK Films, which director Scott Derrickson (The Day the Earth Stood Still) is attached to develop.
Like any film adaptation I hope they're smart about it. There are so many ways a movie with this kind of storyline could end up being really bad.
Have you read The Electric Church series? Do you think this story will translate to film well?