Cherie Priest’s Steampunk Novel BONESHAKER Heading to the Big Screen December 1, 2011 2009 steampunk zombie novel to hit cinemas. Hammer Films has acquired the feature rights to Cherie Priest’s steampunk sci-fi novel ‘’Boneshaker,’ with Cross Creek Pictures and Exclusive and Cross Creek attached to co-finance. The 2009 novel is set in an alternate version of 1880s Seattle, where the city has been walled in and a toxic gas has turned many of its remaining residents into “Rotters,” more commonly known as zombies. A young widow hunts for her teen son in the Seattle underworld while dealing with airship pirates, a criminal overlord, and heavily armed refugees. “Boneshaker is a classic zombie movie with a modern twist, which is quintessentially Hammer, so it’s a perfect fit for us,” said Simon Oakes, Chairman of Exclusive Media Group and President & CEO of Hammer Films. “Cherie Priest’s steampunk series are fantastic with a distinct, unique style, and we’re really looking forward to bringing her ‘Rotters’ to the big screen.” Published by Tor Books, ‘Boneshaker’ is the first in a series set in the same Civil War-period, alternate-world Priest has dubbed “The Clockwork Century.” The series’ second novel, ‘Dreadnought,’ was published in 2010, and the third, titled ‘Ganymede,’ was released in September. A fourth novel, ‘Inexplicables,’ is set for release 2012. A fifth novel, ‘Fiddlehead,’ was announced last week. John Hilary Shepherd (“Nurse Jackie”) will be penning the screenplay with Hammer’s head of production Tobin Armbrust overseeing the project’s development.