Fox Wins Bidding War For Futuristic Young Adult Prison FranchiseS

British author Catherine Fisher's young-adult dystopian novel Incarceron has only been out a few weeks, and already the rights have spurred a studio feeding freenzy. The big winner: Fox. Get ready for a future prison-world on the big screen.

The trades reported that a studio bidding war started over the next big YA book, Incarceron. The novel's weird mix of technology and social atavism might be the stuff our steampunk dreams are made of. Here's the synopsis:

Incarceron a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber chains, great halls, dungeons. A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here.

In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists. But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. And so the plan for Finns escape is born ...

The sequel is called, Sapphique, which will be out next January and will no doubt also be made into a film, if Fox doesn't Percy Jackson it.