It's pretty common for science fiction novels to be optioned for film treatment. This year we've seen or will see John Dies at the End, Warm Bodies, Beautiful Creatures, World War Z, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Ender's Game and Catching Fire, all adapted from fairly popular novels.
What’s a little more uncommon is when a yet-to-be-released novel is optioned before it’s even released. This has happened to Will McIntosh’s upcoming book Defenders, which is due out in 2014 from Orbit Books.
Originally published as a short story from Lightspeed Magazine, Defenders is a new take on the alien invasion genre, and according to The Wrap, producer Donald De Line has acquired the novel, while Will Simmons will be adapting the book for the big screen.
Here’s an excerpt from the short story:
In an eyeblink, Lila lost all contact with the rest of the world. The silence was shocking, the sense of isolation unnerving, partly because she knew it meant the jet had penetrated the Defenders’ cloak and entered Australian airspace. For a moment she stared blankly at the stray tufts of gray hair visible over the seat back in front of her. That would be Gayatri Nadal, the Ambassador from India. Then she thought to look out the window
There was nothing to see yet; they were still above the smoky cloud-cover. It was hard to believe Australia was down there. Over the past twenty-eight years it had taken on almost mythical dimensions in Lila’s mind, and knowing she would see it any moment, see what it had become, set her heart pounding.
McIntosh is a Hugo Award Winning author – His short story Bridesicle, was published in the January 2009 issue of Asimov’s. The story, which is the basis for his latest novel, Love Minus Eighty, has also been optioned for film treatment from Film4 Productions. He’s also the author of the novels Soft Apocalypse and Hitchers.