It seems like it's been awhile since Taylor Lautner's been cast in a film. How long's it been... like two weeks? The Twilight star has signed on to star in a new fantasy film called Incarceron, which is being adapted from a young adult novel by Catherine Fisher.
Fox 2000 picked up the rights to the book series not too long ago, and they think it's going to be the next big thing. The studio is hoping it will become a Harry Potter size franchise.
The book tells the story of a young boy who lives in a prison that is a complete society; outside the prison, the world is stuck in the 17th century and run by computers. The boy comes into contact with the warden's daughter, who lives in her own sort of jail, and they find a key that can change everything.
Here's the official book description:
Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible. And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside—she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don’t realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye, and escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know. Because Incarceron is alive.
Imagine a living prison so vast that it contains corridors and forests, cities and seas. Imagine a prisoner with no memory, who is sure he came from Outside, even though the prison has been sealed for centuries and only one man, half real, half legend, has ever escaped. Imagine a girl in a manor house in a society where time has been forbidden, where everyone is held in a seventeenth century world run by computers, doomed to an arranged marriage that appals her, tangled in an assassination plot she both dreads and desires. One inside, one outside. But both imprisoned. Imagine a war that has hollowed the moon, seven skullrings that contain souls, a flying ship and a wall at the world’s end. Imagine the unimaginable. Imagine Incarceron. It sounds like it has potential to be a great film, but will Fox 2000 be able to pull it off properly?
It sounds like a pretty big story and setting, one that can easily get screwed up by the studio trying to make it. Fisher's sequel to the critically acclaimed Incarceron is titled Sapphique, which due out in the U.S. in January.
Lautner's not a big selling point for me on any film. The guy just isn't a good actor.
Heres a trailer that was done for the book: