Sony Will Be Sending Audiences to Jeff Somers' Electric Church
by Ethan Anderton
January 20, 2010
After years and years of representing talent like Judd Apatow, Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell and producing comedies like Elf, Step Brothers, and most recently She's Out of My League, THR's Heat Vision reports producer Jimmy Miller and his Mosaic production banner (in conjunction with Sony Pictures) are moving into the science fiction realm with an adaptation of Jeff Somers' novel The Electric Church. In the first installment of a three book series bodyguard-assassin Avery Cates is forced by the governing police force to kill the founder of a church that converts people by transplanting their brains into pliant robotic bodies.
The three part series is set in a near future where Earth is run by a federation of nations and governed by a council. Currently the film is operating under the guise of The Avery Cates Project (which isn't a progressive rock band from the 70's and 80's). Most likely the success of this first installment (to be adapted by Trevor Sands) will determine if the other books in the series, The Digital Plague and The Eternal Prison, will jump to the big screen as well. This series seems like a good candidate for a sci-fi Jack Ryan kind of franchise, especially if more Avery Cates adventures are on the way. No word on a director yet, but I'm sure we'll find out soon.