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March 12, 2010 / schulerbooks

Y.A. best-seller Incarceron to be brought to the big screen!

I don’t think I’ve taken the time to talk about the new-ish Young Adult release Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, so let me do it now. The sci-fi/fantasy thriller was a best-seller in the U.K. before being released stateside, earning serious rave reviews from critics including the London Times, who declared the book “One of the best fantasy novels written for a long time.” (A quote the publisher was smart to include on the front cover)

The plot is dense enough that it’s hard to effect a succinct summary, so I’ll let the author’s website do it:

Imagine a living prison so vast that it contains corridors and forests, cities and seas. Imagine a prisoner with no memory, who is sure he came from Outside, even though the prison has been sealed for centuries and only one man, half real, half legend, has ever escaped.

Imagine a girl in a manor house in a society where time has been forbidden, where everyone is held in a seventeenth century world run by computers, doomed to an arranged marriage that appals her, tangled in an assassination plot she both dreads and desires.

One inside, one outside

But both imprisoned.

Imagine a war that has hollowed the moon, seven skullrings that contain souls, a flying ship and a wall at the world’s end.

Imagine the unimaginable.

Imagine Incarceron.

Well it’s been announced that the book has been picked up for the big screen! While tons of books are optioned every year that never make it to production and release, I have high hopes for this one since the story was won in a bidding war. If they’re willing to fight over it, they’re more likely to actually make it! I think it’ll make an excellent film if they can manage to capture the complexity of the story within an abbreviated time span – we’ll see! In the meantime, check out the book and here’s the movie article:

Fox wins bidding war for ‘Incarceron’

Studio picks up dystopian jail tale


Fox 2000 has won a bidding war for the film rights to Brit author Catherine Fisher’s young-adult tome “Incarceron,” with an eye to spinning the dystopian fantasy into a franchise.

John Palermo will produce via Seed Prods., Palermo and Hugh Jackman’s Fox-based shingle.

“Incarceron” is a priority for Fox 2000 and Seed, with the project going out to directors and writers to adapt. At least two other studios were vying for the film rights.

Published just three weeks ago in the U.S., Fisher’s book immediately won a slot on the New York Times children’s bestsellers list. Tome was published in the U.K. in 2007.

“Incarceron” tells the story of a young boy who lives in a prison that is a complete society; outside the prison, the world is stuck in the 17th century and run by computers. The boy comes into contact with the warden’s daughter, who lives in her own sort of jail, and they find a key that can change everything.

Fisher’s sequel to the critically acclaimed “Incarceron” is “Sapphique,” due out in the U.S. next January.

Seed exec Allan Mandelbaum brought the project to Fox, with Fox 2000’s Rodney Ferrell flying to London to close the deal with Fisher’s reps.



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  1. Jan / Mar 7 2012 2:16 pm

    What is taking so long to make the movie Incarceron?

    • schulerbooks / Mar 7 2012 9:47 pm

      I wish I knew! As I was reading, all I could think is this will make a bloody great movie!

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