Fox 2000 To Adapt British Novel Incarceron

March 1, 2010 by  
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incarceron210x300Fox 2000 has won a bidding war to secure the rights to British fantasy novel Incarceron.

Honestly, we’d never heard of this book until this morning, but apparently Fox are desperate to get their hands on a franchise that will outshine Harry Potter. Good luck with that.

Written by Catherine Fisher, the novel was first released in the UK in 2007 but the US only got a few weeks ago. Now everybody wants their hands on the book after it gained a spot on the New York Times’ best seller list. While directors and writers are yet to be attached to the project, Variety reports that Hugh Jackman’s company Seed Productions will be involved.

For anyone else who’s never heard of the series, here’s the official synopsis:

Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron.

Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible. And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside—she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage.

Finn is determined to escape the prison and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don’t realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye, and escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know. Because Incarceron is alive.

OK, that doesn’t sound half bad to be honest, but can it best Hogwart’s finest? It might not trump Potter but it looks like it has a better chance than Fox’s previous attempts at franchises. Eragon, anyone?

*Runs out to jump on Incarceron bandwagon*.

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