There’s a Vicious little movie in the works, even if the novel adaptation is only in the earliest stages of development. Ridley Scott’s production company Scott Free has teamed up with Story Mining & Supply Co. to acquire the feature rights to V.E. Schwab’s superhero novel. I know, you might be a little burned out on super-powered properties at the moment, but Schwab’s Vicious is a different beast than the mega-popular comicbook characters that have graced the screen so far. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline reports that Scott will produce the Vicious adaptation along with Jeffrey Sharp, Evan Hayes, Michael Schaefer and Allison Gillogly. Here’s a look at the synopsis for the novel (via Amazon):
A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers.
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?