The Hollywood Reporter reported that Fox has has picked up the rights for the best selling book series the Fourth Realm written by John Twelve Hawks . The script will be penned by Ales Tse who co wrote the Watchmen. He also wrote two peices for Warners one a Japanese manga classic “Ninja Scroll” and the other an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “The Illustrated Man” for Zach Snyder. Executive Procers will be Joe Regal and producing it will be Gil Netter and Andrew Tennenbaum. The Fourth Realm series was a huge success in part because of the nature of the author himself as THR posted.
Helping to make the books a hit was the reclusive nature of the author. Hawks, not the person’s real name, lives “off the grid,” according to the series’ publisher Random House, and neither his editor nor agent has ever met him. Hawks, seemingly intent on imitating some of his characters’ lifestyles, communicates only via a voice scrambler and untraceable satellite phone, and during the book tour he used stand-ins.
The first book in the series the Traveler became an international best seller which impressed critics partly due of course of the authors strange behavior and partly because of the premise of the book.The others The Dark River and The Golden City received equal praises from critics also.
(Brief plot summary of the Traveler see Wiki for a complete one)
In the shadows of modern society an epic battle is fought. One woman is standing between those who try to control mankind and those who will risk their lives for the freedom of us all. On one side the Brethren, using high-end surveillance technology for control, supported by officials and politicians. On the other side the Travelers, the gifted ones, who are able to leave our realm and cross over into other realities. Because of their knowledge they are a great threat to the Brethren. The Travelers are supported by the Harlequins, a group only trained to defend the Travelers and to save them from the Brethren. Harlequins are trained since birth by their parents and other Harlequins. They are able to use all kinds of weapons, but their favored arm is a unique Harlequin sword they carry with them all the time.
Maya, a pretty young woman, is trying to live the life of a normal citizen. Her background, on the other hand, is anything but normal. She is the daughter of a famous German Harlequin named Thorn, who had been badly injured in an ambush by the Brethren. On a mission she killed two men of the Yakuza, the Japanese mafia. As a consequence Maya had tried to hide and leave her Harlequin past behind until one day her handicapped father calls for her. When visiting him in Prague, she finds him slaughtered by his enemies.
For more on the author other then the WIKI and on the books you can check out Random houses official John Twelve Hawks page which if you ask me is pretty cool. You can go to realm to realm and pick up some interesting info and tid bits but if you go to Realm 6 and click on the Traveler Film that is written on the chalk Board you will get a pop up that has a message board on it. Scroll down a bit and you have a message to everyone about the film .
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