BREAKING: CBS Films has acquired screen rights to Children Of Paranoia, a debut novel by Trevor Shane for Dutton. The book will be adapted by Mark Verheiden, whose credits include Falling Skies and Battlestar Galactica. Akiva Goldsman is producing through his Weed Road banner. The first in a trilogy, Children Of Paranoia follows a young assassin caught up in a global clandestine war that’s been raging for centuries. Everything changes when he falls in love with a woman who calls into question the world as he knows it. As he desperately fights to uncover the elusive truth behind the conflict, he begins to wonder which side he’s really on — good or evil. The sequel novel, Children Of The Underground, came out in April.

Said the author: “I’m honored to have such a talented group of storytellers working to bring Children Of Paranoia to the big screen. Mark and Akiva each have a remarkable history of telling incredibly thrilling and thoughtfully nuanced stories.”

CAA reps Goldsman and Verheiden and the latter’s managed by Untitled Entertainment. Shane was repped on the book deal by CAA and Janklow & Nesbit. CBS execs Mark Ross and Alex Ginno will oversee it.