According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures has snatched up the movie rights to a series of sci-fi novels from Jeff Somers.

Screenwriter Trevor Sands will adapt the first book, titled "The Electric Church."

Jimmy Miller is going to produce the adaptation. The current name being used for this project is The Avery Cates Project. The name comes from the book's main character.

Somers has so far penned three books in the series. They are all set in a near future where Earth is run by a federation of nations and governed by a council. The Cates character is a bodyguard-assassin who, in 'Church,' is told by the governing police force "to kill the founder of a church that converts people by transplanting their brains into pliant robotic bodies."