Marcus Sakey fans take note: Paramount has acquired the rights to the author’s 2013 novel Brilliance (Thomas & Mercer), which is currently being adapted by Akiva Goldsman into a project that will star Will Smith. The duo worked together previously on I Am Legend and I, Robot. From Deadline Hollywood:

They will produce with James Lassiter and Shane Salerno. Pic will be done as a co-production between Goldsman’s Weed Road, Smith’s Westbrook and Overbrook, and Salerno’s The Story Factory.

The premise: If 1% of the world’s children were born with powerful gifts, how would society adapt to them? The Brilliance novel trilogy is set in a future where non-neurotypical people — demonized by society as “twists” or “abnorms” — are threatening the status quo of the “normal” population with their unique gifts. They are officially labeled as “Brilliants” and are carefully tracked by the government.

The full piece is here.

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