Gore Verbinksi Heads to The Brink


Gore Verbinksi has lined up a project for television in the form of “The Brink,” Deadline reports.

The Starz series, described as a “supernatural crime drama,” arrives from writer Stephen Susco (The Grudge) and is, in turn, based on the interactive fiction book from J.C. Hutchins, “Personal Effects: Dark Art.” The innovative novel is described on the author’s website as follows:

Personal Effects: Dark Art follows the extensive notes of art therapist Zach Taylor’s investigation into the life and madness of Martin Grace, an accused serial killer who claims to have foreseen, but not caused, his victims’ deaths.

Zach’s investigations start with interviews and art sessions, but then take him far from the hospital grounds — and often very far from the reality that we know. The items among Grace’s personal effects are the keys to understanding his haunted past, and finding the terrifying truth Grace hoped to keep buried.

Dark Art combines the experience of a traditional thriller novel with a multimedia-fueled “out of book” narrative. Clues in the novel — and items that come with the novel, such as ID cards and photos — propel readers into an online experience where they become protagonists themselves….

Call the phone numbers: You’ll get a character’s voicemail.

Google the characters and institutions in the text: You’ll find real websites.

Examine the art and other printed artifacts included inside the cover: If you pay attention, you’ll find more information than the characters themselves discover.

Personal Effects: Dark Art is the ultimate in voyeuristic storytelling, representing a revolutionary step forward in changing the way people interact with novels.

It is unknown at this early stage whether the interactivity of the book will carry over to the series, but it certainly lends itself to all manner of viral tie-ins.