Ellen Shanman Adapting Ken Liu Sci-Fi Thriller “The Hidden Girl” for Studio 8


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You might think that after what happened with Paramount’s Annihilation and The Cloverfield Paradox, studios would be somewhat wary of the science fiction genre. Instead, there seems to be more science fiction thrillers being developed than ever, many of them by Netflix.

Studio 8 bought the rights to Ken Liu’s short story a few years back, and they seem to be moving ahead, hiring to adapt the female-driven sci-fi thriller.

The story is inspired by an ancient Chinese myth about a team of women assassins able to navigate between dimensions, so it’s sort of a cross between Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Interstellar.  Jessica Switch and Chris Goldberg will oversee the project for Studio 8 along with Rishi Rajani, who brought the project to the studio.

Some of the other being developed by Studio 8 include Champion, David Ayer’s HypnoticPlanet Kill and,Naked is the Best Disguise, the last of which is likely to go into this year.

Liu’s short story first appeared in the fantasy collection The Book of Swords, which was published by Bantam last year.

Shanman recently adapted the spy-girl book series Gallagher Girls for Paramount, and the Japanese anime series Tiger & Bunny for Imagine Entertainment. Previous screenwriting gigs include adapting the  Times bestseller Nothing Daunted for Black Label Media, and superhero novel The Brokenhearted for New Line Cinema and Alloy Entertainment.

Repped by and Joan Vento Hall, Shanman has also written two novels, Right Before Your Eyes and Everything Nice, for Random House, the latter which is being adapted by Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah Productions.

Liu is repped by the Cheng Caplan Company and the Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency, Inc.

Deadline first reported on Shanman’s attachment.

  | East Coast Editor

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