Fox Grabs Rights to 'The Fourth Realm Trilogy' Sci-Fi Series
by Ethan Anderton
February 22, 2010
Toss this one onto the ever-growing pile of adaptations from intriguing science fiction novels, as THR reports that Fox has picked up the rights to John Twelve Hawks' series of novels known as The Fourth Realm Trilogy, with Watchmen co-writer Alex Tse set to write the script. Compared to Star Wars and The Matrix (two insanely popular franchises, go figure) the first book, The Traveler, is set in a US society run by a secret organization seeking to control the population via constant observation. Seeking to rebel against these constraints are an almost extinct group of people called Travelers. So I guess it's like Matrix after all.
These Travelers can project their spirit into other dimensions, and their protectors, called Harlequins. The focus of the story is on a Harlequin named Maya who must protect two naive Traveler brothers. Surely this is being set-up to be the first in a franchise with the other two books, The Dark River and The Golden City will surely follow depending on the success of the first. If the first premise is any indicator, this certainly has the potential to be a kick-ass franchise, but I haven't read any of the books. Anyone else read any of these?
Aside from an intriguing concept, perhaps the most interesting detail about this is that the author, Hawks, is extremely reclusive and according to Random House, his editor and his agent haven't even met him. Even more extreme, the author only communicates through a voice scrambler and untraceable satellite phone and stand-ins during book tours. The author could be at the center of a movie himself, maybe as a time traveler writing of a potential future we're doomed to see, unless an inciting incident in our present is prevented. Are you listening Hollywood? Oh, you already have a third Chipmunks movie lined up? Well then I won't bother.