Paramount Pictures has picked up the film rights to the upcoming Jeff VanderMeer novel, BORNE, set to be published next spring by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Scott Rudin is attached to produce through his Scott Rudin Productions with Eli Bush. Rudin previously teamed up with Paramount to produce an adaptation of VanderMeer’s sci-fi novel Annihilation, which is set to hit theaters next year.
Borne centers on a woman in a ruined city of the future who is a scavenger of biotech. She finds a strange creature in the matted fur of a giant, psychotic bear named Mord that’s been terrorizing the city. The woman takes the creature home and slowly begins to bond with it against her best instincts.
VanderMeer is the New York Times best-selling author who has won the Nebula Award, has been a finalist for the Hugo Award, and was named the 2016-17 Trias writer-in-residence for Hobart and William Smith Colleges. His 2014 series The Southern Reach trilogy, of which Annihilation is the first novel, was acquired by Paramount with Rudin set to produce. It will mark the follow-up for Ex Machina director Alex Garland and star Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, and Oscar Isaac.
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This news was first reported by Variety.