The Diabolic is a brand-spanking-new sociopolitical critique of the value of humanity… Or just a really cool action-packed sci-fi adventure!
On November 1st 2016, S.J. Kincaid’s YA science fiction novel, The Diabolic was released, and immediately was snapped up by Colombia Pictures. Matt Tolmach (Amazing Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man 2) will produce, with David Manpearl (21 & Over) executive producing. The film doesn’t yet have a release date, but we’ll update this article when more information becomes available.
What is The Diabolic about?
The concept of Kincaid’s new novel sounds like a sci-fi examination of classism. The main character is a humanoid creature that was designed to be the most powerful weapon in the universe, a body guard for some of the world’s richest politicians and government officials. These creatures are called Diabolics, and their purpose is to kill anyone who tries to hurt its master. The teenage girl shaped Diabolic, named Nemesis, has been assigned to protect Sidonia, the daughter of a galactic senator.
The emperor discovers that Sidonia’s father is playing a part in a rebellion against the crown, and demands he send his daughter to be held as a hostage of the galactic empire. To protect Sidonia, Nemesis is completely transformed into an identical replica of Sidonia, and goes to the galactic court in her stead. Engulfed by the back-stabbing and corrupt nature of politics, Nemesis, a super soldier and born killer must hide her formidable powers and become truly human to save her life, and more importantly, Sidonia’s. The Diabolic seems to focus intently on the inequality between the two teenaged girls; Sidonia, essentially a princess, important but helpless, and Nemesis, a killing machine, loyal to a fault and capable of anything, whose life means nothing. As revolution grows near, Nemesis realizes that humanity, not strength or brutality, may be the only thing that can save them all.
The Diabolic looks to be the next action-packed YA blockbuster to hit the scene, especially if Kincaid turns it into a trilogy! What do you think? Do we have another Hunger Games on our hands, or is it going to be a bigger, more epic sci-fi movie? Comment below!