EXCLUSIVE: The Illuminatus! Trilogy is coming to tv and Hivemind is in on the conspiracy. Hivemind, the manufacturing firm behind The Expanse and Witcher, is partnering with writer-director Brian Taylor (Crank, Completely satisfied!) and the European manufacturing firm Kallisti to adapt The Illuminatus! Trilogy, the off-kilter bookshelf collection by authors Robert Anton Wilson & Robert Shea.
Initially printed within the 1970s, The Illuminatus! Trilogy defies easy descriptions however the surreal and satirical milestone launched “the Illuminati” lore to a worldwide viewers and sparked a lot of the up to date American fascination with conspiracy theories and their fashionable rhythms.
The Illuminatus! Trilogy is as subversive as it’s influential — and its been cited as an affect by the like of V for Vendetta co-creator Alan Moore, Watchmen showrunner Damon Lindelof, comedy icon George Carlin, horror grasp John Carpenter, and sci-fi visionary Philip Ok. Dick.
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The Illuminatus! Trilogy might be govt produced by Dinesh Shamdasani & Hunter Gorinson for Hivemind, and Iris McPherson & Kirstin Winkler for Kallisti. The chief producer and showrunner might be Taylor, who’s greatest recognized for co-creating, co-writing, and co-directing the Crank franchise (starring Jason Statham) with collaborator Mark Neveldine.
“lluminatus is a form of mind-blowing literary miracle… It manages to be fully seminal whereas as related right now – if no more so – than the day it was printed,” Taylor mentioned. “Wilson and Shea have created a fractal-like world of conspiracy inside conspiracy that fully anticipates right now’s internet-fueled, post-truth tradition.”
The synopsis from The Illuminatus! Trilogy producers: “When the workplaces of a Manhattan information writer are bombed, anti-authority reporter George Dorn begins to suspect that the disturbing conspiracy his editor has spent months investigating is just not solely actual, it could be the important thing to unlocking all of historical past’s biggest unanswered mysteries. As George units out to seek out his mentor and uncover the reality about an all-seeing secret society that appears to unify each insane, inane, and outlandish conspiracy concept ever instructed – from the JFK assassination, movie star cabals and misplaced continents to UFOs, historic gods and the reality in regards to the New World Order – he finds himself drawn deeper right into a warfare between two shadowy teams. On one aspect stand the Discordians, a clandestine band of chaos-loving guerrilla fighters led by the enigmatic modern-day pirate Hagbard Celine; and on the opposite, the Illuminati – elite authoritarians who secretly manipulate world occasions, ever increasing their wealth, affect, and bodily energy in a plot to flee the restrictions of human existence.”
“The collection’ staggering affect has solely continued to develop with every passing 12 months not simply because it explores and indulges essentially the most compelling depths of America’s conspiratorial creativeness, however as a result of it additionally offers us the instruments and information to know it,” mentioned Gorinson, Hivemind’s VP of Model & Content material Technique. “If there was ever a collection primed for 21st century tv, it’s Illuminatus,”
Hivemind has a busy winter forward with The Expanse relocating to the universe of Amazon (Season four premieres there this Friday) and The Witcher set to premiere on Netflix on December 20 with Henry Cavill within the title position. The corporate additionally has a February launch date with Sony for Bloodshot, the Vin Diesel-starring adaptation of the cyborg murderer saga..
Hivemind has a first-look for occasion tv at Amazon and is repped by UTA. Taylor is repped by Verve.