The Gotham Group snagged the rights to the film version of at Kat Falls' upcoming young adult sci-fi novel Dark Life. In it, human beings begin settling in undersea communities after a global catastrophe raises the ocean levels.

Producer Ellen Goldsmith-Vein told Variety, "We fell in love with the idea of an underwater Western." This reminds me a little of some of the concepts behind Joss Whedon's Firefly -- this idea of man taking just what he needs to "tame" an unexplored land, Wild West style. In Firefly's case, it was terra-formed moons and planets on the Outer Rim; looks like in Dark Life's case, it's bio-domes on the ocean floor. I really like the idea, and it's been a while since we've gotten a good underwater science-fiction film.

The Gotham Group's highest profile film was 2008's The Spiderwick Chronicles, so they're no strangers to adapting young adult fantasy to the big screen.

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