Wheeler’s Arcanum Strikes Gold


2004 novel pulled out of turnaround

A dash of “The Alienist,” “The List of Seven” and “Hellboy” collide in Thomas Wheeler’s 2004 debut novel The Arcanum. Miramax seized the property for development five years prior to the book’s publishing and now it has been gobbled up by Gold Circle Films who rescued “Arcanum” out of turnaround. The company is now looking for directors to steer this period tale, adapted by Wheeler, onto the big screen.

Set in 1919, the story finds Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini, voodoo priestess Marie Laveau and H.P. Lovecraft (who make up the titular secret society) working together in New York City to save lost angels and the world from a serial killer and some demons. Aleister Crowley also pops up in this horror-adventure mix.

Gold Circle’s big guns are touting the project as a franchise. Curious about what the ballpark budget is…

Source: Ryan Rotten, Variety