Max Brooks' Bigfoot Tale Devolution Is Headed for the Big Screen

The cover of Devolution.
The cover of Devolution.
Image: Del Rey Hardcover

Author Max Brooks has a new book out called Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre, and it arrives with some exciting news: much like Brooks’ previous best-seller, zombie-apocalypse story World War Z, Devolution will be getting the feature-film treatment.

As the Hollywood Reporter reveals, as far back as 2012 Brooks was actually considering Devolution as a filmed project before he decided to write it as a book. This movie news reunites the author with creature feature-friendly Legendary Entertainment (Jurassic World, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Godzilla: King of the Monsters), the same company that circled with interest eight years ago.


Like World War Z, Devolution is a survival tale told from various points of view. The main narrative is drawn from a diary left behind after one disaster (the eruption of Washington’s Mount Rainier) ushers in a more intimately horrific crisis: a Sasquatch family declares war on the residents of a posh, high-tech planned community who’re (initially at least) ill-equipped to defend themselves. It is an exciting, heartbreaking, terrifying, and timely story—and hopefully this time around, the movie will stay truer to the book than World War Z did.

No other information was given about the Devolution movie, but while we’re waiting to hear who might direct it and star in it, I definitely recommend ripping your way through the book, which is in stores today.

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Jubal Harshaw

He was probably pretty disappointed in the movie version of Z. Still, the pleasant “beep, beep” of the armored car backing up in your backyard probably helped soothe the pain.