Here we have some more adaptation news for you guys. Has anyone ever read the novel Syndrome E by Franck Thilliez? If not, you may want to get round to it as the novel is getting set for a big screen adaptation.
According to Deadline, Mark Heyman (Black Swan) has been pegged by Paramount and Indian Paintbrush to adapt the Franck Thilliez novel Syndrome E.
Not much else is known at this time, but I’m sure in the weeks that follow we will be hearing more regarding this one. For those of you who are interested in seeking this one out, it should be noted that the novel has been compared to such works as Se7en and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
“The protagonist is a beleaguered detective named Lucie Hennebelle, who discovers that her friend comes down with a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare and spectacularly violent film from the 1950s. The cop discovers that the film has been embedded with subliminal images that those who come in contact with it end up dead. The detective teams with a Paris cop who has been trying to figure out the film’s connection to five men murdered and left in the woods. Together they get to the bottom of what has to be the most disturbing and powerful film ever made. It has global and scientific implications, and its maker might well be the personification of evil and the origins of violence.”