Adaptation of Marcus Sakey March 14, 2013 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.