Posted on Friday, June 27th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
For every Twilight and Hunger Games, there’s a Mortal Instruments or Golden Compass. The race for the next big thing never ends and that means there are hits and misses. Studios and production companies are constantly on the lookout for intellectual properties that might break out big. The latest such acquisition is an eBook sci-fi trilogy called The Origin Trilogy, or Atlantis. CBS Films has picked up the rights to the series, written by A.G. Riddle, which follows “a brilliant geneticist and an international counterterrorism agent who must team up to thwart a global pandemic and discover the truth behind the origins of humanity.”
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of the acquisition.
The Origin Trilogy is comprised of three books, which were all self-published the past year. There’s The Atlantis Gene, The Atlantis Plague and The Atlantis World . Here’s the set up of the first book as described by Amazon:
The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they’ve hidden the truth about human evolution. They’ve also searched for an ancient enemy–a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.
Off the coast of Antarctica, a research vessel discovers a mysterious structure buried deep in an iceberg. It has been there for thousands of years, and something is guarding it. As the Immari rush to execute their plan, a brilliant geneticist makes a discovery that could change everything.
Dr. Kate Warner moved to Jakarta, Indonesia to escape her past. She hasn’t recovered from what happened to her, but she has made an incredible breakthrough: a cure for autism. Or so she thinks. What she has found is far more dangerous–for her and the entire human race. Her work could be the key to the next stage of human evolution. In the hands of the Immari, it would mean the end of humanity as we know it.
Agent David Vale has spent ten years trying to stop the Immari. Now he’s out of time. His informant is dead. His organization has been infiltrated. His enemy is hunting him. But when David receives a coded message related to the Immari attack, he risks everything to save the one person that can help him solve it: Dr. Kate Warner.
Together, Kate and David must race to unravel a global conspiracy and learn the truth about the Atlantis Gene… and human origins. Their journey takes them to the far corners of the globe and into the secrets of their pasts. The Immari are close on their heels and will stop at nothing to obtain Kate’s research and force the next stage of human evolution–even if it means killing 99.9% of the world’s population. David and Kate can stop them… if they can trust each other. And stay alive.
Is The Origin Trilogy/Atlantis the next big thing? Well, considering it doesn’t have the cultural resonance of something like Twilight or The Hunger Games, maybe not. But the potential to make a good movie – or even series of movies – is definitely there. It sounds like a sci-fi version of The Da Vinci Code. Fingers crossed it gets a worthwhile adaptation.
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