Paramount Pictures has acquired Brilliance, an adaptation that was first announced back in 2014 as a Universal Pictures and Legendary project, according to Deadline. The film, to be based on the Marcus Sakey book trilogy, will star Will Smith as Nick Cooper and be written by Akiva Goldsman. Smith was originally attached to the project when it was first announced but left sometime later.
Smith and Goldsman will produce with James Lassiter and Shane Salerno. Brilliance is a co-production between Goldsman’s Weed Road, Smith’s Westbrook and Overbrook, and Salerno’s The Story Factory. Goldsman and Smith have teamed before on I, Robot, I Am Legend, and Hancock.
The first book in the Brilliance trilogy was published in 2013 and is officially described as follows:
In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in—and betray his own kind.
The other two books are A Better World, published in 2014, and Written in Fire, published in 2016.