Although Ben Mezrich’s new book, Woolly: The True Story of the De-Extinction of One of History’s Most Iconic Creatures, will not come out until mid-2017, Fox and Temple Hill are already working on developing the book into a film.
Mezrich’s book tells the story of Harvard University’s George Church, who in 2015 successfully extracted woolly mammoth DNA and paired it with that of a modern elephant. While the breakthrough did not bring the long-extinct creatures back to life, it marks a crucial step in the process. The merger marked the first time mammoth DNA was functional and active in roughly 4,000 years.
Ben Mezrich is no stranger to movie deals. His books Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires were adapted into the films 21 and The Social Network, respectively.
Temple Hill is perhaps most well-known for producing the Maze Runner movies and the Twilight series, both adapted from books.