Playwright Robert Schenkkan, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for his play The Kentucky Cycle, is to adapt Andrew Pyper’s novel The Demonologist for Universal Pictures.
Due to be published by Simon & Schuster in March 2013, The Demonologist revolves around a Columbia University professor who has a specialism in satanic and demonic literature.
When his daughter becomes entranced by a demon and enters the underworld, the professor must overcome his own rational skepticism of the occult and use his expertise to read Milton’s Paradise Lost in order to rescue his daughter.
An occasional actor, Schenkkan is best known as the character of Lieutenant Commander Dexter Remmick in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
His screenplays include the adaption of the Graham Greene novel The Quiet American, Crazy Horse, The Andromeda Strain and four episodes of the HBO war series Pacific.
Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey will produce for ImageMovers, while Universal Vice President of Production Maradith Frenkel will oversee the project.
Pyper’s previous novels include Lost Girls and The Guardians. Schenkkan is represented by WME and manager Dawn Saltzman of Mosaic.