Suarez techno thriller novel heads to bigscreen

Walter Parkes and David DiGilio will adapt Daniel Suarez’s techno thriller novel “Daemon” for Paramount Pictures.

“Daemon” harkens back to “WarGames” in its exploration of themes of man vs. machine.

Project centers on an iconic game designer who, before he died, set up a program to fight mankind. The book is set to be published in January, and it is expected to spawn a sequel.

Move is noteworthy given that Parkes hasn’t written a screenplay since 1992’s “Sneakers.” The producer’s only other writing credit is 1983’s “WarGames.”

Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing the project through their DreamWorks-based shingle. Their upcoming slate includes the Steve Carell-Paul Rudd comedy “Dinner With Schmucks” and the Len Wiseman-helmed actioner “Motorcade.”

DiGilio is adapting Oni Press graphic novel “The Damned” for DreamWorks. Parkes-MacDonald is producing. The scribe also just closed a pilot script deal with Warner Bros. TV to develop a one-hour for producer J.J. Abrams.

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