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Superman Scribe To Battle Aliens In Heaven's Shadow

David Goyer seems to be pretty busy these days. He’s written two major superhero films slated for a 2012 release including X: Men Origins: Magneto and Superman: Man of Steel, and had a hand in restoring Batman to his current glory. So it’s no surprise that Deadline says Warner Bros has acquired film rights to another Goyer project. This time it’s a science fiction trilogy novel he’s writing with Michael Cassutt, purchased in a seven-figure preemptive deal.

The first book in the trilogy, titled Heaven’s Shadow, begins when "an object is discovered heading for Earth. Initial panic gives way to a competition between governments to be first to intercept what they believe is a breakaway meteor. What the astronauts discover leads to an encounter with alien forces that are a threat to humanity." The book, which will be published by Ace Books next summer, will be followed in the next two summers by, respectively, Heaven's War and Heaven's Fall.

Sounds promising. David Goyer is a proven screenwriter and has helped take the Batman franchise to a whole new level, so there should be no problem with his own original material. This piece of news also points to Hollywood’s willingness to take on original material - albeit from an established writer with two blockbuster franchises under his belt - but still, it’s good to get away from remakes/reboots/reimagined source material for a change and hopefully this trend will continue.