In a competitive situation, Lionsgate has emerged the winner for the rights to the upcoming sci-fi book The Punch Escrow and is now in final negotiations to acquire them.
Tal M. Klein wrote the book. The story, described as a sci-fi thriller with a love story at its core, is set in the year 2147. The world has changed greatly: most diseases are curable, teleportation is the travel method of choice and mosquitoes have been genetically modified to feast on carbon fumes instead of blood, ending air pollution.
The story's protagonist, Joel Byram, lives a normal life, spending his days training artificial-intelligence engines to act more human - until the day he's accidentally duplicated while teleporting. Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves in a world that now has two of him.
The book generated plenty of interest from studios and producers and fielded a couple of offers, including one from Warner Bros.
Klein's pitch for his story garnered strong interested from an online publisher website called Inkshares, and is scheduled to be published this summer. (Authors post a sample or pitch on a website, and if the project gets 750 preorders, the website publishes it, providing the editing, design and distribution services of a traditional publisher.)