So you want to write a science fiction novel? Here's what you got to do. It's got to take place in a future that isn't too unrecognizable from our own. You've got to have the whole world run by a single government, hopefully corrupt and maybe a little evil. It's got to be some sort of dystopia. You've seen Blade Runner, right? Oh, your protagonist must be troubled assassin being forced to do a job by the system. And if you can work in some spiritual commentary, that's icing on the cake.
To be fair, I haven't read Jeff Somers' Electric Church series. For all I know, they could be masterpieces of science fiction literature, undiscovered by the mainstream and awaiting future recognition. After all, Sony has picked up the rights to the series and is surely hoping for a potential franchise (there are three published books and a fourth on the way).
Then I read the synopsis: "Avery Cates is a bodyguard-assassin who, in "Church," is forced by the governing police force to kill the founder of a church that converts people by transplanting their brains into pliant robotic bodies." I would love for someone who has read this series to jump into the comments below and tell me this is a unique, exciting book worthy of being made into a unique, exciting movie. I hate to be cynical this early in the game, but that plot description is one Space Marine away from science fiction vanilla.
Trevor Sands is scripting, Jimmy Miller is producing.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)