Paramount Adapting Techno Thriller Daemon

Daniel Suarez's DaemonWe walk a fine line at Dread Central as far as deciding what’s horror, what’s sci-fi, and what’s enough of a hybrid to warrant our covering it. Considering the novel Daemon bills itself as “a harrowing journey through the dark crawl spaces of the modern world,” we thought its film adaptation merits at least a mention.

Variety compares the story to WarGames in its “exploration of themes of man vs. machine”. Walter Parkes (who coincidentally wrote 1983’s WarGames and has only one other feature script credit, 1992’s Sneakers) and David DiGilio (creator of the much too short-lived TV series “Traveler”) will pen the script for Paramount Pictures.

The official Daemon website provides the following synopsis:

It all begins when one man’s obituary appears online. . .

Matthew Sobol was a legendary computer game designer — the architect behind half a dozen popular online games. His premature death from brain cancer depressed both gamers and his company’s stock price. But Sobol’s fans weren’t the only ones to note his passing. He left behind something that was scanning Internet obituaries, too — something that put in motion a whole series of programs upon his death. Programs that moved money. Programs that recruited people. Programs that killed.

Confronted with a killer from beyond the grave, Detective Peter Sebeck comes face-to-face with the full implications of our increasingly complex and interconnected world — one where the dead can read headlines, steal identities, and carry out far-reaching plans without fear of retribution. Sebeck must find a way to stop Sobol’s web of programs — his Daemon — before it achieves its ultimate purpose. And to do so, he must uncover what that purpose is . . .

A sequel, entitled Freedom will be hitting shelves in 2010.

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