Film producer and writer Walter Parkes, who was behind the scripts for WarGames and Sneakers, is developing a screenplay based on Daniel Suarez' 2006 novel, Daemon. The book stars an online game designer whose accidental passing sets off a series of malicious programs that lead to terrorists holding businesses around the world hostage.

It's a pretty crazy plot! Here's a synopsis taken from Daemon's official site:

"Matthew Sobol was a legendary computer game designer — the architect behind half a dozen popular online games. His premature death from brain cancer depressed both gamers and his company’s stock price. But Sobol’s fans weren’t the only ones to note his passing. He left behind something that was scanning Internet obituaries, too — something that put in motion a whole series of programs upon his death. Programs that moved money. Programs that recruited people. Programs that killed.

Confronted with a killer from beyond the grave, Detective Peter Sebeck comes face-to-face with the full implications of our increasingly complex and interconnected world — one where the dead can read headlines, steal identities, and carry out far-reaching plans without fear of retribution. Sebeck must find a way to stop Sobol’s web of programs — his Daemon — before it achieves its ultimate purpose. And to do so, he must uncover what that purpose is."

Parkes is working with David DiGilio, who wrote and produced ABC's short-lived drama thriller Traveler, to adapt the novel for Paramount Pictures. This is Parkes' first screenplay project since 1992's Sneakers, according to a report from entertainment industry news site Variety.

[Via Infinite Lives]