Another Self-Published Book Strikes Gold and the Silver Screen
It seems like the stigma attached to self-published books is starting to fall away. The Twilight fanfic turned self-published book, Fifty Shades of Grey recently got a movie deal and now Deadline is reporting that another self-published book is going to be hitting the big screen. Wool, the self-published book by Hugh Howey has been picked up by Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian for 20th Century Fox. It has amassed popularity through the Kindle eBook store, selling for 99 cents and garnering hundreds of 5-star reviews.
Deadline released the press release on the acquisition of Wool, which is now owned by Random House:
“In the spirit of The Hunger Games, Wool is a high-concept novel set in a stark future; the air outside is no longer breathable, so the last community on Earth lives underground in an enormous silo. Survival is everything, and some will do anything to ensure it. The upcoming Shift Trilogy is a prequel to the story of Wool.
Hugh Howey says ‘I couldn’t be more thrilled and honoured to find a home with Century and Random House. And I hope I spelled honoured right.’
Jack Fogg says, ‘Wool drew me in from the first page. It’s such an intricately realised world – both incredibly visceral and visual – but for me, and for the many fans here at Random House, what really captivated was the book’s compassion and care for its characters. Wool is many things, but at its core it is a novel about relationships and therein lays its brilliance.’
Kristin Nelson says, ‘We did have conversations with US publishers and although we received several six-figure offers, we decided that the partnership didn’t make sense yet given the current electronic royalty rate being offered. We certainly have not closed the door to interested US parties.’”
Have you read Wool? Do you think it will make a good movie? It currently has a 5-star rating with over 700 reviews on Amazon.