Per Deadline, Universal Pictures has landed the rights to Brian Freeman‘s novel Infinite, and have tapped Fast & Furious scribe Chris Morgan and Head of Development Ainsley Davies to produce. Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer will pen the script.
The story revolves around Dylan, a man consumed by grief after losing his wife, who begins hallucinating sinister versions of himself. When he ends up accused of murder, Dylan undergoes a hypnotherapy treatment built on the idea that with every choice he makes, he creates an infinite number of parallel universes.
That’s when he discovers he’s not insane at all. Instead, there’s another version of himself, from another reality. A psychopath that not only ruined his life, but countless other Dylans. Can he stop this doppelgänger before he strikes again?
The novel was published last month, and it’s easy to see why any studio would be interested in a film adaptation. That’s a fascinating premise that should lend itself to the big screen.
According to the Deadline article, although the project is in the very earliest stages of development, the studio has high hopes for it due to Morgan’s involvement. As the writer behind six of the Fast & Furious films as well as the spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, many see him as a big reason the franchise has had sustained success.
Donnelly and Oppenheimer previously wrote films such as Sahara and Conan The Barbarian. This announcement adds to their already busy 2021, as they’ve already penned Vanguard II for Jackie Chan and Stanley Tong, a pilot titled Look At Me based on the life of deaf activist Nyle DiMarco, as well as the upcoming Uncharted film.
Freeman’s books have been sold in 46 countries and 22 languages. His novel Spilled Blood won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards. He has also been named as the official author to continue Robert Ludlum‘s famous Jason Bourne franchise, with his first Bourne novel, The Bourne Evolution, being widely regarded as one of the best thrillers of 2020.
We’ll see how his work adapts to the silver screen. Expect plenty of directors and actors interested in thrillers to be itching to get on board Infinite.