Fox 2000 has won a bidding war with at least two other studios for the rights to make a big screen adaptation of British author Catherine Fisher‘s novel Incarceron. The book, which was released in the UK in 2007, reached stateside just a few weeks back, and is already on New York Times Bestsellers List. A sequel, Sapphique, was released in the UK in 2008, and is due in the U.S. in January 2011. As you might expect, Fox hopes to turn the young-adult dystopian fantasy into a franchise, ala Harry Potter. No directors or writers are yet attached, but the studio is looking.

The book tells the story of a seventeen-year-old boy named Finn, a descendant of the original prisoners, tries to escape an elaborate futuristic prison world. In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, the 17th century, but run by computers.

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