Carnival Films developing James Smythe’s ‘I Can Still Dream’

35830552.jpgDeadline reports that Carnival Films (Downton Abbey) is developing a TV adaptation I Still Dream by James Smythe. Smythe will be adapting the book and leading the writer’s room for this multiple season pitch.

Gareth Neame’s NBCUniversal International Studios-owned is on the project, but still looking for partners. Rogers Coleridge & White repped the screen rights.

The novel is published in the UK by Harper Collins imprint Borough Press.

’17-year-old Laura Bow has invented a rudimentary artificial intelligence and named it Organon. At first, it’s intended to be a sounding-board for her teenage frustrations, a surrogate best friend; but as she grows older, Organon grows with her.

As the world becomes a very different place, technology changes the way we live, love, and die; massive corporations develop rival intelligence to Laura’s, ones without safety barriers or morals; and Laura is forced to decide whether to share her creation with the world. If it falls into the wrong hands, she knows, its power could be abused. But what if Organon is the only thing that can stop humanity from hurting itself irreparably?’

Sounds like the studios are following the wave of popularity Black Mirror and Mr. Robot has set-up for tech thrillers.

Smythe, whose YA sci-fi novel Way Down Dark was previously picked up by Studio 8, is the author of novels is the author of over half a dozen genre novels. The Explorer was previously optioned by Filmwave. He is repped by The Agency, in conjunction with RC&W, and Grandview.

Via Deadline

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