Another book to film adaptation is on its way, and we have the early word on who has acquired V.E. Schwab’s novel Vicious, in which two ambitious pre-med students discover that under the right conditions a person can develop extraordinary supernatural abilities.
Per Deadline, producer/financier Story Mining & Supply Co. has teamed with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions to acquire rights to Schwab’s Vicious. SM&SC’s Jeffrey Sharp and production president Evan Hayes will produce with Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer, along with Allison Gillogly. She brought in the book, which was published in September by Tor Books.
The acquisition was made through the development fund of SM&SC, which was formed earlier this fall by Sharp and writer/director/financier Jim Kohlberg. Kohlberg and Sharp are behind Starz’s “Outlander” and The Yellow Birds, scripted and directed by David Lowery.
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will.
Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?
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