EXCLUSIVE: Studio 8 has picked up the rights to New York Times bestseller Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim, the eight book urban fantasy series, with a ninth on the way in 2017. Kel Symons is attached to adapt the novels, which are being eyed as a potential franchise.

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The series revolves around James “Sandman Slim” Stark, a fast talking, hard-boiled, supernatural vigilante who escapes from Hell to avenge his girlfriend’s murder and hunt down the magicians responsible for getting him sent “downtown.”

Symons, repped by UTA and Madhouse Entertainment, recently adapted Money Shot for Lost City and wrote a live action Aladdin for Disney.

Patrick Walmsley at LBI Entertainment brought the series to Studio 8. Chris Goldberg is overseeing the project for the studio, along with Rishi Rajani.

Studio 8, which was funded in partnership with the Chinese investment management firm Fosun Group and with Sony Pictures Entertainment, has slated a number of upcoming projects including Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, out in theaters November 11, and Albert Hughes-directed Solutrean. The company recently acquired the right to develop a feature from The Hidden Girl, a short story from sci-fi author Ken Liu.