Imagine a world where one percent of all humans are born with extraordinary powers. Forget the X-Men. In Marcus Sakey’s novel Brilliance, these rare beings are called the Brilliants. Some can read minds, some can turn invisible, and some can get rich by just “sensing” stock market pattens. In the novel, Federal Agent Nick Cooper is a Brilliant who has the very job appropriate power of hunting terrorist. The suspense story follows Cooper as he tracks down a fellow Brilliant who is intent on provoking civil war.
Legendary Pictures was quick to jump on the concept, and acquired the rights to Sakey’s book last week (it’s not even scheduled to be released till July.) And Monday, EW confirmed that veteran screenwriter David Koepp has been tasked to pen the adaptation (first reported by The Hollywood Reporter). Known for his work adapting Jurassic Park for Steven Spielberg, and for bringing new life to Mission: Impossible and Spider-Man, Koepp is high-profile choice to adapt a book that the public hasn’t even seen yet. Koepp is also behind the upcoming Jack Ryan reboot with Chris Pine and Keira Knightley.
Brilliance is intended to be the first book in a trilogy, so it’s no wonder why Legendary was interested – it’s a potential franchise. Though there are echoes of X-Men and a dozen other stories about ordinary humans with special powers, it could be a welcome and fresh departure from the constraints of the comics universe. There’s no word yet on timeline, or who might direct or star in the film.