EXCLUSIVE: Fox has acquired film rights to The Dark Side, the Anthony O’Neill novel that created buzz at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Garrett Basch & Steve Zaillian’s Film Rites will produce. The novel is in the spirit of Philip K. Dick’s style, or Avatar or Blade Runner. It’s an elevated sci-fi noir story set in a future where the moon is used as a penal colony. It houses criminals, psychopaths and curious tourists alike. When an anarchic android begins wreaking havoc on the area and bodies start turning up, an exiled detective arrives to investigate. The novel was just acquired by Simon & Schuster worldwide for publication in the spring.

Basch and Zaillian have a first look at Fox and are in production on the HBO series Crime; Zaillian co-wrote Ridley Scott’s upcoming epic Exodus: Gods And Kings for Fox.