Legendary Picks Up Superpowered 'Brilliance' for a Film Adaptation

March 13, 2013

Legendary Pictures / Brilliance

Legendary Pictures already has The Dark Knight trilogy in their past and Man of Steel in their future this summer, but there's some more superhero goodness coming down the road. However, this new project is less about heroes, and more about everyday people who just happen to gain superpowers. Deadline has word that Legendary has landed the rights to Marcus Sakey's forthcoming novel Brilliance, a story set in an alternate present-day where 1% of newborn children are savants with special powers. Dubbed "Brilliants," they are capable of doing things like reading minds, observing complex patterns, invisibility and more.

Here's a more specific description of the story from the official synopsis:

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in—and betray his own kind.

For good reason, the story has been compared to X-Men, but sounds more like the graphic novel series Rising Stars from J. Michael Straczynski, just with a different setting and not so epic stakes. The book won't be published until July but it sounds like it might be worth checking out. Fox (where X-Men has a movie home) tried to pick up the project, but a deal never came to fruition. This sounds like a solid property, and could make one hell of a film, especially after films like Chronicle and Kick-Ass, which dealt with different kinds of superheroes in a grounded fashion, have impressed audiences. Sound good?

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This sounds really similar to the TV show, Heroes, but I'm still very excited for it.

Matt Peloquin on Mar 13, 2013


1% of all people? So there are more than seventy MILLION people like that?

Greg dinskisk on Mar 13, 2013

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