EXCLUSIVE: Weeks after Deadline revealed that Fox has acquired the film rights, Random House has just preemptively acquired the world publishing rights to Christian Cantrell’s The Epoch Index. RH’s Ben Greenberg reeled in the book deal, this after Fox made a splashy movie deal for the short story/novella by Cantrell that had six studios in the mix. Brad Peyton (Rampage and San Andreas) is attached to direct, Justin Rhodes (Terminator Reboot and Fantastic Voyage) is attached to write, and War for the Planet of the Apes‘ helmer Matt Reeves and his 6th & Idaho banner will produce. Peyton and producing partner Jeff Fierson also will produce through their ASAP Entertainment. Adam Kassan will also produce and  Fox senior vice president Matt Reilly is shepherding.

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The Epoch Index focuses on badass female CIA analyst Quinn Mitchell—a brilliant but nearly suicidal (over the death of her daughter) divorced operative who is hellbent on tracking down a flamboyant international killer who flies first class around the world and takes out seemingly random targets with high tech near-future weaponry. When she does find him, she unravels a plot involving the Hadron Particle Collider and data from the future that is beyond anything she ever imagined.

Cantrell is a software engineer living outside of Washington DC. His first novel, Containment, has sold over 150,000 copies. He is also the author of several short works of speculative fiction and two other novels which have collectively sold over 140,000 copies (self-published or published through Amazon).

Cantrell is repped by agent Joe Veltre at Gersh and manager John Tantillo.