Legendary Pictures has picked up the rights to World War Z author Max Brooks’ Bigfoot book Devolution and will be adapting it into a feature film.
The story tackles the Bigfoot folktale and the complete title of the book is Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre. The story is told both as a journal and scientific investigation.
The story is set in “a model eco-community town in the shadow of Mt. Rainier that, in the aftermath of a volcanic eruption, is rampaged by ferocious beasts known as the Sasquatch. The tale is told via the lens of town resident Kate Holland. It is described as ‘part survival narrative, part bloody horror tale, part scientific journey into the boundaries between truth and fiction.’”
This sounds like it could make for a fun flick! Brooks was actually developing this as a film project with Legendary back in 2012 with Lost director Jack Bender and David Leslie Johnson. The project ended up being ditched by the studio in the middle of development, so Brooks ended up taking the story and instead wrote it up as a book. That book was released on Tuesday.
Now that the book is finished and published, Lengendary obviously wants back in on the action. It’ll be interesting to see how they adapt this story for the big screen. Bender and Johnson will not be involved, though.
Here’s the description of the book:
As the ash and chaos from Mount Rainier’s eruption swirled and finally settled, the story of the Greenloop massacre has passed unnoticed, unexamined . . . until now. The journals of resident Kate Holland, recovered from the town’s bloody wreckage, capture a tale too harrowing—and too earth-shattering in its implications—to be forgotten. In these pages, Max Brooks brings Kate’s extraordinary account to light for the first time, faithfully reproducing her words alongside his own extensive investigations into the massacre and the legendary beasts behind it. Kate’s is a tale of unexpected strength and resilience, of humanity’s defiance in the face of a terrible predator’s gaze, and, inevitably, of savagery and death.
Yet it is also far more than that.
Because if what Kate Holland saw in those days is real, then we must accept the impossible. We must accept that the creature known as Bigfoot walks among us—and that it is a beast of terrible strength and ferocity.
Part survival narrative, part bloody horror tale, part scientific journey into the boundaries between truth and fiction, this is a Bigfoot story as only Max Brooks could chronicle it—and like none you’ve ever read before.