Paramount Picks Up Rights to Naam’s “Nexus”

Hollywood tries the sci-fi thriller again.

It’s a bright and shiny day for fan of sci-fi novels from people who are heavy on the sci part. Deadline reports that Paramount has bought the rights to “Nexus,” a novel by Ramez Naam. Here are just a few select names from what will surely be a very large number of producers: Mary Parent and Cale Boyter through their Disruption company and Darren Aronofsky and Scott Franklin under the name of their Protozoa banner.

Naam is the former CEO of Apex Nanotechnology, and he previously wrote the nonfiction book “More Than Human: Embracing The Promise Of Biological Enhancement.” I think you can expect discussions of technology in his book to be based in real science.

Here’s how Amazon describes “Nexus.”

In the near future, the experimental nano-drug Nexus can link humans together, mind to mind. There are some who want to improve it. There are some who want to eradicate it. And there are others who just want to exploit it.

When a young scientist is caught improving Nexus, he’s thrust over his head into a world of danger and international espionage – for there is far more at stake than anyone realizes.

From the halls of academe to the halls of power, from the headquarters of an elite US agency in Washington DC to a secret lab beneath a top university in Shanghai, from the underground parties of San Francisco to the illegal biotech markets of Bangkok, from an international neuroscience conference to a remote monastery in the mountains of Thailand – Nexus is a thrill ride through a future on the brink of explosion.

Ari Handel and Mark Heyman are doing the adaptation. Handel wrote Aronofsky’s upcoming “Noah,” and Heyman wrote Aronofsky’s award-winning “Black Swan.” It’s all in the family.

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