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Paramount Buys Rights to VanderMeer’s Novel

“Borne” the new novel by Jeff VanderMeer, the 2016-17 Trias Writer in Residence —is slated for publication in May of 2017, but the film rights have already been purchased by Paramount Pictures.

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, Variety reported that Scott Rudin and Eli Bush, “who are producing the big screen adaptation of VanderMeer’s [previous novel] ‘Annihilation’ for Paramount, will produce the new film.”

“Borne” explores a dystopic future through the eyes of a scavenger named Rachel, who in a ruined, nameless city. As Variety notes, “the city is littered with discarded experiments from the Company — a bio-tech firm now seemingly derelict. From one of her scavenging missions, Rachel brings home Borne, who is little more than a green lump, but exudes a strange charisma. And yet, little as she understands what or who Borne may be, she cannot give him up, even as Borne begins to grow and change in unexpected ways.”

Read an excerpt of “Borne” from Entertainment Weekly (Oct. 25).

Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, the Nebula Award, and three-time winner of the World Fantasy Award, VanderMeer is the author of more than 20 books, including the New York Times-bestselling Southern Reach trilogy (“Annihilation,” “Authority,” and “Acceptance”), released in 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The trilogy, which prompted the New Yorker to call the author “the weird Thoreau,” has been acquired by publishers in 28 other countries. The film adaptation of “Annihilation,” scheduled for a 2017 release, will mark the follow-up for “Ex Machina” director Alex Garland and will star Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez and Oscar Isaac.

VanderMeer’s nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the, Vulture,, and the Los Angeles Times. He has taught at the Yale Writers’ Conference, lectured at MIT, Brown, and the Library of Congress, and serves as the co-director of Shared Worlds, a unique teen writing camp.

The Trias Residency for Writers is supported by The Peter Trias Endowed Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing. This valuable fund was established through a generous bequest from Peter J. Trias ’70, which enables HWS to support active, working artists whose presence contributes to intellectual environment of the Colleges and the town of Geneva.