January 14, 2009 / 7:11 AM / in 9 years

Producers log on for "Daemon" techno thriller

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A self-published novel about a killer computer program is taking over the big screen.

Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are developing “Daemon,” a techno thriller based on the novel by publishing phenom Daniel Suarez.

He originally published the novel himself, but the book became so popular that it caught the attention of mainstream houses, with Penguin Group imprint Dutton acquiring the rights and bringing out the book this month. A sequel titled “Freedom” is also in the works and will be published by Dutton.

The “Daemon” story centers on an iconic game designer who, before he died, set up a program to fight mankind, with the story then exploring the ensuing man-vs.-machine battle. A daemon is a computer program that runs without the direct control of a human.

Parkes and MacDonald, a husband-and-wife team whose recent credits include “Sweeney Todd” and “The Kite Runner,” will develop “Daemon” at Paramount.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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