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Sony Developing S.J. Kincaid’s Thriller ‘The Diabolic’ as Movie

Sony Pictures and Matt Tolmach are developing a movie based on S.J. Kincaid’s sci-fi thriller “The Diabloic.”

The studio bought the movie rights in a preemptive deal on the heels of the Nov. 1 release of the book from Simon and Schuster Books. The novel will be published in 21 different foreign territories.

“The Diabolic” was recently named a Best Book of November at Amazon in two categories, both Teen and Adult Science Fiction. Kincaid’s debut novel, “Insignia,” was shortlisted for the Waterstones prize and sequels, “Vortex” and “Catalyst,” have received strong reviews.

Tolmach will produce through Matt Tolmach Productions.  David Manpearl will executive produce and work with Tolmach Productions executive Brad Zimmerman to develop the project with Tolmach.

“The Diabolic”  is about a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter and take as many lives as necessary to keep the daughter safe. It’s described as “Red Queen” meets “The Hunger Games.”

Sony’s David Beaubaire is overseeing for the studio. Ryan Doherty brought the book in.

Tolmach is currently producing “Jumnaji,” directed by Jake Kasdan and starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black, as well as dark comedy “Rock That Body,” starring Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell and Kate McKinnon, both of which are currently in production.

For television, Tolmach is executive producing “Futureman” with Seth Rogen, James Goldberg and James Weaver for Hulu. He previously produced both “The Amazing Spider-Man” movies.

Kincaid was represented by Paradigm and Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.


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