'Arcanum' seen as potential franchise

Gold Circle Films has picked up feature rights to Thomas Wheeler’s fantasy-adventure “The Arcanum” out of turnaround from Miramax.

“The Arcanum,” Wheeler’s debut novel, is set in 1919 and follows the titular secret society comprising the era’s leading occult investigators — Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini, H.P. Lovecraft and Marie Laveau — as they battle demons descending on New York City, including a serial killer of angels.

Gold Circle topper Paul Brooks told Daily Variety that the banner’s going out to directors. “We see this as a potential franchise property,” he added.

Miramax optioned the property in 1999 preemptively along with the publishing rights, with Bobby Cohen producing and Warren Zide and Craig Perry exec producing. The novel was published in 2004 by Bantam.

Wheeler (“Supernova”) also penned the screenplay.

Wheeler’s managed by Benderspink.

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