Looks like Ramez Naam has a future in the world of science fiction.
Paramount Pictures has acquired the film rights to “Nexus,” the first sci-fi novel from the Seattle tech veteran.
The deal was reported by trade publication Deadline Hollywood, and Naam — a recent GeekWire Geek of the Week — confirmed the news via email.
Hollywood notables involved in the project include Darren Aronofsky, who directed the upcoming film Noah, starring Russell Crowe. Although there’s no guarantee that the deal will result in an actual film, Deadline reports that Mary Parent (Noah producer) and Cale Boyer are on board as producers along with Aronofsky and Scott Franklin.
Naam worked at Microsoft for 13 years and won the 2005 HG Wells Award for his non-fiction book, More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement.
Nexus, released in December, is set in “a near future scarred by the misuse of advanced technologies.” The plot focuses on an illegal nano-drug called Nexus that can wirelessly link human brains together.
What does this mean for Naam personally? “I’ll keep on writing science fiction,” he tells us.
Sounds like a smart plan.