Back in May, 20th Century Fox was the frontrunner to acquire ‘Wool’, Hugh Howey’s self-published e-book, a series of five sci-fi novelettes that are woven together. Six months later, Fox is negotiating with writer-director J. Blakeson, who made the criminally underseen 2009 U.K. thriller The Disappearance of Alice Creed, to direct.
The independently published hit book ‘Wool’ has become an internet sensation and is being called the sci-fi version of Fifty Shades of Grey. This Omnibus Edition has been picked up by Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian for a film adaptation, and Fox’s Steve Asbell will oversee it.
Set in a sprawling subterranean society called Silos’ this is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.’
It sounds like a good base for a possible franchise, but we still have no idea when Wool would run into production.
Stay tuned, it’s time to start paying attention to Wool.