randomhouse.jpgRandom House Films and Rogue Pictures announced yesterday that Scott Sigler’s next novel, a thriller entitled “Infested,” has been acquired by the two companies for development. It’s the first in a series of at least two books, according to the press release, and will be published by Crown Publishers (a Random House imprint).

Crown SVP and Publisher, Steven Ross has said that Sigler is a “highly visual storyteller and an innovative online podcaster.” I don’t know about the podcasts, but if you want to check them out, they’re both free AND explicit. Woo-hoo!

This is the synopsis they’ve sent out for the book:

“Infested” details a race against escalating terror, as a CIA black-ops specialist and a Center for Disease Control scientist team up in the struggle to contain a parasite that is rapidly spreading across America. This bug’s bite turns ordinary people into crazed serial killers. The trail of corpses – of both the killers and their victims – soon leads to an infected man, Perry Dawsey, fighting a bloody battle for control of his own mind and body. Can Dawsey stave off his – and humanity’s – nightmare?

Hopefully the book jacket will be a bit more innovative than his previous ones, which look like window dressing at your corner Scientology stand.

Scott Sigler’s site: http://www.scottsigler.net/

The first film from the Random House & Focus / NBC Universal deal will be “Reservation Road,” which is slated to come out this fall. It stars Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly, and Mira Sorvino.