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Science is effectively altering definitions for what it means to be human. Medical advancements like pacemakers and hearing aids are commonplace now, but what of limb transplants that are completely robotic, or the future of gene modification’s effect on lifespans and personality traits? To say nothing of linking everyone’s brains together in one neural web…
This is the starting point for Ramez Naam’s science fiction novel Nexus, which Deadline reports has been acquired by Paramount Pictures, and will be produced through Darren Aronofsky and Scott Franklin’s company Protozoa, as well as Mary Parent and Cale Boyter’s Disruption label.
Naam, formerly a CEO of Apex Technology, wrote a nonfiction novel called More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement, which certainly guided the story behind his debut novel. The book was first released December 18, 2012 to rave reviews. Nexus takes place in the near future where a nano-technology drug exists that allows humans to link their minds together, and when one young scientist is caught improving the drug, he is thrown into a dangerous globe-trotting chase with far-reaching consequences.
In talks to adapt the novel are Ari Handel and Mark Heyman. Heyman co-wrote Aronofsky’s Black Swan and co-produced The Wrestler, while Handel wrote Aronofsky’s upcoming epic Noah, and worked on the story for The Fountain. Considering Parent is also part of Noah’s production team, this project has Aronofsky written all over it, especially considering his first film, Pi, was also part brainy science fiction and part “everybody’s out to get that one guy for what he knows” storyline - just multiplied by about a thousand. But we’ll probably hear a few dozen rumors of his next project before Nexus even gets mentioned.