The Wool Series By Hugh Howey Is Getting An Adaptation From AppleTV
It might feel like we are already living in a dystopian future, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still look to all of the dystopian fiction of the past for guidance. Also for entertainment. News this week indicates that another dystopian sci-fi book series is heading to the small screen. This time it is the Wool trilogy by Hugh Howey, that will see adaptation from Apple TV+.
A Dystopian Sci-Fi Series That Lives Underground
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Wool is a dystopian sci-fi trilogy set in a post-apocalyptic future where people live in massive underground silos. There they must follow strict rules that are designed to keep them safe. They must never leave the silo, because the world outside will kill them within moments. Whenever an individual within the society begins to express an urge to venture outside, they are sent to clean the sensors that allow the citizens of the silo to see the world beyond. However, they always die within moments of completing their task. But what truly does lie in the world beyond the silo? These questions will haunt the characters of the series, and drive many of them forward.
Wool is one of those self-publishing success stories, as Howey initially self-published each installment of the series through Amazon Direct. The series has also seen a graphic novel adaptation, and that may help inform the style of the upcoming show. The rights for the series have been sold before. At one point it was due to become a film directed by Ridley Scott. But plans changed and inevitably AMC picked up the rights, and they are still involved in the production of the series for Apple TV+.
Rebecca Ferguson Joins The Cast of the Wool Adaptation
Rebecca Ferguson in Dune | Image via Warner Bros.
Actress Rebecca Ferguson is a genre veteran at this point. She will next be seen playing Jessica Atreides in the highly anticipated adaptation of Dune that is due out this summer. Ferguson is also onboard to star in the Wool adaptation. She will play a hardworking engineer named Juliette, who is the protagonist of the later books in the series. This means that the adaptation from Apple is already looking to change things up. As the focus will be on the later developments of the series that involve Juliette’s character. Ferguson will also act as executive producer for the series. She joins writer Graham Yost and director Morten Tyldum on the project, that will be produced by AMC Studios.
It is great to see AppleTV+ adding some more genre shows to their line-up of original programming. With the success of shows like For All Mankind, and Ted Lasso it is clear that Apple TV is slowly becoming a strong contender in the streaming wars.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.