Fox Snags Big Screen Rights to Young Adult Series 'Incarceron'
by Ethan Anderton
February 28, 2010
With all the wild success of the Harry Potter franchise and moderately well-received Chronicles of Narnia adaptations, there have been more than a few attempted copycat adaptations of numerous fantasy novels trying to capture the same magic and appeal to youth. Frankly I'm sick of it, so, naturally there's yet another youth-based fantasy adaptation on the way as Variety reports Fox has won a bidding war for the rights to to Incarceron, the first book in a new series of the same name which tells the story of a young boy who lives in a prison that is a complete society in a world stuck in the 17th century and run by computers. Read on!
With the angle of a dystopian fantasy rather than a magical one, the story takes flight when the young boy comes into contact with the prison warden's daughter, who kind of lives in a jail of her own, and they find a key that can change everything. Sounds like a darker version of City of Ember. If all goes well, we'll also get to see an adaptation of the next book in the series, Sapphique, which won't be out until next January (after all, Incarceron was only published three weeks ago). But of course the first film still needs screenwriters, so this project is just getting warmed up. Sounds like it could be one for the whole family to look forward to.