Another adaptation is on its way that centers on a premise that you may not necessarily see coming, and we mean that literally. Deadline is reporting that Mark Heyman (Black Swan) has been tapped by Paramount and Indian Paintbrush to bring the international bestseller novel Syndrome E to the big screen.
Originally published in France, the Franck Thilliez novel, the first in a series, was published Stateside by Viking last summer. Film Rites’ Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch are producing with Steven Rales and Mark Roybal.
The protagonist is a beleaguered detective named Lucie Hennebelle, who discovers that her friend came down with a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare and spectacularly violent film from the 1950s. She discovers that the film has been embedded with subliminal images and those who come in contact with it end up dead. The detective teams with a Paris cop who has been trying to figure out the film’s connection to five men murdered and left in the woods. Together they get to the bottom of what has to be the most disturbing and powerful film ever made. It has global and scientific implications, and its maker might well be the personification of evil and the origins of violence. The novel has been compared to Se7en and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
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