Variety has announced that Paramount has acquired the rights to Jeff VanderMeer’s upcoming novel, Borne. The novel, which will be released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in spring 2017, follows a young woman fighting to survive in desolate near-future city. The woman finds a green lumpish creature called Borne during a scavenging mission, and begins to realize that her new companion may be more than she first thought. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush, who are currently producing the film adaptation of VanderMeer’s Annihilation with Paramount, will also produce Borne. Annihilation stars Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, and Oscar Isaac, and will be Alex Garland’s first film since Ex Machina. You can read more about the filming process here.
Annihilation is the first novel in The Southern Reach Trilogy, VanderMeer’s acclaimed series of environmental horror. He was recently named the 2016-17 Trias writer-in-residence for Hobart and William Smith Colleges.