30 November 2011
Hammer to adapt Cherie Priest's BONESHAKER
Brian Oliver, President of Cross Creek Pictures, Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media Group and President & CEO of Hammer and Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media Group announced today that Hammer has acquired the rights to the novel Boneshaker by Cherie Priest for adaptation to the big screen. The film will be co-produced by Hammer and Cross Creek Pictures and co-financed by Exclusive and Cross Creek Pictures. John Hilary Shepherd, a 2010 WGA Award nominee for his work on the first season of the Showtime series “Nurse Jackie” is writing the screenplay.
Priest’s steampunk novel is set in an alternate version of 1880s Seattle, where the city has been walled in and a toxic gas has turned many of its remaining residents into “Rotters”. A young widow hunts for her teen son in the city's underworld, while dealing with airship pirates, a criminal overlord and heavily armed refugees. Boneshaker was nominated for a 2010 Hugo Award for Best Novel, and won the 2010 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.
Read the full Press Release here.