By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
The second seven-figure deal of the day, Paramount Pictures has optioned Gideon's Sword, something Michael Bay will take the reigns on through his banner Bay Films.
Paramount and Michael Bay Co-Buy Gideon's Sword
Gideon's Sword is the first novel in a new Gideon Crew series written by the team of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, scheduled to be published in February by Grand Central Publishing. Bay got a first look at the project thanks to the fact that both he and the authors are repped by the same agency.
While we do not know what Sword is about, we do have some background on the authors. Preston and Child specialize in horror and techno-thrillers. They've published 13 New York Times bestsellers together, dating back to 1995's Relic. Preston's nonfiction work "The Monster of Florence" is in development with Tom Cruise's production company, while Child's most recent solo novel "Terminal Freeze" was a New York Times bestseller in hardcover.