New shingle to adapt Morgan's sci-fi novel

Mythology Entertainment, the recently minted banner formed by Brad Fischer, Laeta Kalogridis and James Vanderbilt, has acquired feature rights to Richard Morgan’s sci-fier “Altered Carbon.”

Fischer, Kalogridis and Vanderbilt will produce, with Mike Medavoy and Arnie Messer exec producing.

Kalogridis, who penned “Shutter Island” and exec produced “Avatar,” will adapt the novel along with David Goodman.

The deal for “Altered Carbon” also covers books in Morgan’s “Takeshi Kovacs” series. “Altered Carbon” was previously set up with Warner-based Joel Silver.

First published in 2002, “Altered Carbon” is set in a future where consciousness is digitized and stored in cortical stacks implanted in the spine, allowing humans to survive physical death by having their memories and consciousness “re-sleeved” into new bodies. The story follows specially trained soldier Takeshi Kovacs, who’s downloaded from an off-world prison and into the body of a disgraced cop at the behest of a highly influential aristocrat who’s convinced he was murdered and wants Kovacs to find out the truth.

“?’Altered Carbon’ is one of the most seminal pieces of post-cyberpunk hard science fiction out there — a dark, complex noir story that challenges our ideas of what it means to be human when all information becomes encodable, including the human mind,” said Kalogridis.

Mythology launched in November and has closed deals on the John Bellairs’ series of family-fantasy books, beginning with “The House With a Clock in Its Walls,” which “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke is adapting; and drama series “The Lobotomist” at HBO with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, with Dan Thomsen writing the pilot and Robert Schwentke directing. Shingle’s in production on Antoine Fuqua’s Suge Knight documentary for Showtime.

Mythology is repped by attorneys Katz Golden Rosenman and McKuin, Frankel & Whitehead. Morgan is repped by Alan Nevins at Renaissance Literary & Talent on behalf of the Orion Publishing Group and Carolyn Whitaker of London Independent Books.

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