‘Map of Bones’ Movie Comes to Life at Lionsgate

‘Map of Bones’ Movie Comes to Life at Lionsgate With ‘Black Panther’ Writer (EXCLUSIVE).

Lionsgate is bringing the James Rollins thriller “Map of Bones” to life with “Black Panther” writer Joe Robert Cole on board to pen the script, Variety has learned exclusively.

John Sacchi is producing for Lionsgate as part of his recent move from an executive into a producer post at the studio. Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen are also producing under their 21 Laps shingle.

“Map of Bones,” published in 2005, is the second of a dozen novels Rollins’ best-selling Sigma Force series, which combines historical figures and events and creates fictional thrillers that are centered around Sigma Force — an elite covert arm of the U.S. Defense Department made up of former Special Forces officers trained as experts in various scientific fields.

The “Map of Bones” story centers on the bones of the three Magi who paid homage to the newborn Jesus Christ. The story starts at a crowded service at a cathedral in Germany when armed intruders in monks’ robes unleash a nightmare of destruction.

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  1. Nuha Mousa
    Posted June 15, 2016 at 9:51 AM | Permalink


    it’s about time, I was wondering when they will start making them movies. that is so exciting and congratulations. I’ m one of your biggest fans I can’t wait to see the movie.

  2. Jim M. Gau
    Posted July 5, 2016 at 9:18 PM | Permalink

    Finally it looks like the light is coming on in Hollywood! Several top-flight thriller writers *may* be getting movies at long-last, with franchise potential! Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, and now the much-desired movie based on James Rollins’ wonderful work are finally showing signs of life! Now if these movies are just given the budget to do over-the-top special effects, with great writing, acting, and directing, we may have some four-hundred-star, danger-high-voltage viewing coming our way. There are plenty of class-above-the-rest authors out there: these three are among the best! David Lynn Golemon, Steve Berry, Alex Berenson, Ben Coes, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child likewise have some real gems to offer! I think there are definitely some bright lights on the horizon for us thriller readers!
    Congrats, Jim! Now please just don’t let the studios hijack your wonderful thrillers–stay in their loop every step of the way; we have confidence to spare in you!!
    Jim M. Gau
    Hancock, MI

  3. Ronnie Peck
    Posted December 27, 2016 at 8:03 AM | Permalink

    I love all your books, but Map Of Bones stands out as your best work to date. When I read suggestions for who I/we would cast, I think
    Gray would be Chris Pratt with Chris O’Donnel a close second.
    When I think of Kawolski when I’m reading for some reason I just picture Adam Baldwin perhaps Chris Hemsworth
    Painter Crowe – Hugh Jackman
    Monk I could see Jason Stathom
    Kat could be Pauley Perette or Jennifer Lawrence
    (You know if you;re going to dream of a cast dream big)
    Seichan i think Angelina Jolie could still pull it off

    • Jim M. Gau
      Posted January 1, 2017 at 11:29 AM | Permalink

      Hmmm…casting, who would I pick? Well, Adam Baldwin is an interesting and good choice I never thought about for Kowalski. I liked both him and Eric Dane (who I could almost picture as Cable in the X-Men franchise!) in The Last Ship, both did an excellent job there, I thought. For Grayson Pierce one of the first names that came to mind for me was Philip Winchester (Strike Back, The Player), and later as a backup was Mark Valley (Human Target). For some reason Monk’s character always sends me thinking back to a James Bama illustration for the old Doc Savage novels of the character Monk (reprinted by Bantam Books), a short brusque bald fellow. I always pictured James Rollins’ character as looking just like that. There is definitely enough Sigma material for a knock-your-socks-off franchise, I think. It would be refreshing to see a few top-flight writers like Jim Rollins get movie franchises…they have certainly earned it and the honors that go with it!
      Keep writin’ ’em, Jim, and I will most assuredly keep buying them!
      Jim M. Gau

  4. IByte
    Posted January 9, 2017 at 1:49 PM | Permalink

    After having read many of the Sigma novels, I am currently enjoying The Seventh Plague. Let’s join in on the casting game… Maybe Maggie Q as Seichan? She’s of Eurasian descent (part Vietnamese) and has experience in the genre. Other ideas… how about Pierce Brosnan as Monk?

  5. elizabeth
    Posted March 18, 2017 at 11:00 PM | Permalink

    Hmmm. I don’t normally picture specific people for the characters in books. But sometimes I do (but the eye/hair color doesn’t always match exactly–there’s one character in a different series that I always picture as Ed Harris and the character really isn’t described that way but I can’t get the image of Ed Harris as a mobster out of my head). So I gave this a little thought– and some of these are closer to what I picture than others.

    Gray– nothing for Gray off the top of my head, but his dad is Bryan Cox for some reason
    Painter= Adrian Paul (with blue eyes)
    Seichan = Dichen Lachman (although I definitely believe Angelina Jolie could pull it off)
    Monk = Billy Zane or Corey Stoll (depending on how short/stocky I’m thinking they are at the moment)
    Kat Bryant = the doc from Stargate SG1 (with blonde hair instead of red)
    Lisa Cummings = Sam Smith
    Kowalski = Dominic Purcell or Steve Austin (or bald John Travolta when he’s playing an obnoxious character)
    Tucker Wayne= Chris Pratt
    Devil Colony–breakable guy = Sean Penn and his companion is a bulkier more muscular Iman

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