Hugh Howey’s best-selling Wool novels will enjoy an adaptation to Apple’s streaming service with Dune actress Rebecca Ferguson set to star.
Wool takes place in a deep underground city known as the Silo where the last bastion of humanity survives a global catastrophe that makes the air outside toxic.
Howey’s novels don’t reveal the deepest truths about the Silo until the end of book five, but the entirety of the series includes nine books, three short stories, and a graphic novel. The first book was self-published through Amazon in 2011 by Howey who set quite a precedent for first-time authors who were interested in using Amazon’s self-publishing Kindle Direct platform at the time.
Some context here, because I’ve kept so much of this secret. We’ve been working on this for over two years. All 10 episodes are written. The cast is set. Filming starts this summer.
But it still might not happen. 😏https://t.co/AzLDmVhk6J
— Hugh Howey (@hughhowey) May 20, 2021
Rebecca Ferguson will star as Juliette, a character that didn’t become prominent until the second book, but remained the main protagonist through to book 5 and again in book 9.
This acquisition adds cred to Apple’s already impressive original line-up of post-apocalyptic shows including See and Finch, while other originals like The Mosquito Coast and Mythic Quest are giving Netflix and Hulu a run for their money. The rights to the title were originally grabbed by 20th Century Fox back in 2012 (with Ridley Scott showing interest in directing), but it changed hands to LaToya Morgan in 2018 and finally to Apple through AMC Studios.
While this announcement didn’t include a release timeframe, you can bet that we’ll be keeping a close eye on this series.