Big screen adaptation of the upcoming novel in the works.

Deadline is reporting that Legendary Pictures has acquired the screen rights to Marcus Sakey’s ‘Brilliance,’ a superpowered thriller set to hit book shelves in July.

Likened to the ‘X-Men’ franchise, the story takes place in a world where 1% of children are born savants with special powers. Called “brilliants,” they are capable of exceptional things. A federal agent, who uses his skills to become a master hunter of terrorists, pursues a savant terrorist who intends to provoke civil war.

Joe Roth and Palak Patel (‘Oz The Great And Powerful’) will produce, with Legendary’s Alex Hedlund overseeing development.