One of the biggest films hitting screens this years is the Antoine Fuqua-directed actioner Infinite. As far as recent heady sci-fi, it’s as wild, imaginative and complex as it comes. The story is adapted from a novel by D. Eric Maikranz and is part of a series where a handful of people recall their past life memories and reincarnate over and over again.
These 28 people created a secret society called the Cognomina centuries ago so that they could associate with each other from one lifetime to another. They are, in effect, near immortals — compiling experiences and skills over diverse lifetimes into near superhuman abilities that they have used to drive human history toward their own agenda on a longer timeline.
With elements of a thriller, mystery, fantasy, crime and historical fiction novel, this puzzle-box book will captivate fans of multiple genres as they race through the pages to discover the secrets behind the Cognomina in a book that O – The Oprah Magazine listed as a book to read before it’s one of 2021’s most popular movies. Maikranz’s story has become one of Paramount +’s tent pole movies of 2021, starring Mark Wahlberg, Dylan O’Brien and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Back in mid-May, we had the amazing opportunity to speak to Maikranz, a long-time IT professional, about the inspiration for the novel, and the ten years it’s taken to get this adapted. It’s almost as fascinating as the premise of the novel. In our hour-long chat with this funny and quick-witted novelist, Eric give lots of advice to aspiring novelists. For you fans of the story, you can click over to Eric’s website, and learn how to interact further by sharing their own past life stories here.
We look forward to having him back to review the film in a follow-up podcast. For now, cozy up and enjoy our in-depth conversation with Eric!
For Evan McCauley (Mark Wahlberg), skills he has never learned and memories of places he has never visited haunt his daily life. Self-medicated and on the brink of a mental breakdown, Evan is sought by a secret group that call themselves “Infinites,” revealing to him that his memories may be real – but they are from multiple past lives.
Infinite will begin streaming June 10 exclusively on Paramount+. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3fYBc8s