Warner Bros. has purchased the rights to the popular The Fourth Realm trilogy of books by reclusive author John Twelve Hawks. The studio hasn’t set a screenwriter for the development of the first book, The Traveler, but the Warner executives clearly see massive potential in this series because they’re fast-tracking the development of the project. The dystopian story revolves around a group of individuals called Travelers who rebel against the Brethren, people who support a Big Brother-esque monitoring system established all over the world that allows for easy access to power and control. It’s a fairly standard concept, but the book’s author is the most intriguing part of this whole story.
Though he goes by John Twelve Hawks, that’s not his real name. Much like the Travelers in his stories, Hawks (or J12H as he’s sometimes known) prefers to live off the grid, and has reportedly never even met the editor of his book series. He communicates via email and untraceable satellite phones, going so far as to use a voice scrambler to hide his identity, and he’s only done a few interviews. Since I’ve never read his work, we can only hope that his distinctive personality shines through in this series and that it will also translate to the big screen version when it eventually hits theaters. (Fox once had the rights, and Watchmen scribe Alex Tse was attached, but obviously nothing came of that version.)