Sony Pictures Developing The Electric Church

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Sony Pictures has picked up the rights to a series of sci-fi novels by Jeff Somers and has hired Trevor Sands to adapt the first book, “The Electric Church.”

Jimmy Miller is producing the adaptation, which is working under the moniker of the The Avery Cates Project, named after the book’s main character. Somers has so far written three books.

This is how “The Electric Church” is described:

In the near future, the only thing growing faster than the criminal population is the Electric Church, a new religion founded by a mysterious man named Dennis Squalor. The Church preaches that life is too brief to contemplate the mysteries of the universe: eternity is required. In order to achieve this, the converted become Monks — cyborgs with human brains, enhanced robotic bodies, and virtually unlimited life spans.

Enter Avery Cates, a dangerous criminal known as the best killer-for-hire around. The authorities have a special mission in mind for Cates: assassinate Dennis Squalor. But for Cates, the assignment will be the most dangerous job he’s ever undertaken — and it may well be his last.