Sony Signs Jurassic Park's David Koepp to Adapt The Themis Files
After a turbulent few months, it's nice to finally report on some good news coming out of Sony Pictures. The studio today revealed they had secured the services of David Koepp for their adaptation of Sylvain Neuvel's sci-fi novel, The Themis Files. Koepp has a number of massive screenplays to his name, including Jurassic Park, Spider-Man (2002) and War of the Words (2005), and it's nice to see that Sony are taking the adaptation of Neuvel's gripping story seriously.
For those not familiar with it, The Themis Files centers on a secret project to reassemble a robotic humanoid structure whose various pieces have been scattered and buried across the globe by an ancient alien race. The initial discovery is made by teenager Rose Franklin and after the government demilitarizes the mission some years later, it is Rose - now working for the University of Chicago - who takes up the hunt for the robot's various components. But when the public catches wind of the news that the huge robotic structure is close to completion, mass hysteria and paranoia reigns and humanity finds itself on the brink of a new world war. Told through a series of interviews with people who are touched by the mission, Neuvel's story is part X-Files, part Da-Vinci code and part apocalypse drama, and with a talent like Koepp on board, the prospects of this adaptation are looking very positive.
Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Josh Bratman will produce the project.
The Themis Files joins a long list of upcoming adaptations of sci-fi books with the likes of Andy Weir's The Martian, Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End, and Isaac Asimov's Foundation series all the subject of TV or Movie projects.