Lauded comics writer Charles Soule is still a couple of months away from debuting his first novel, but as of today, its television rights have already been sold.
Deadline is reporting that the rights to Soule's upcoming novel, The Oracle Year, have been picked up by Marty Adelstein's (the Snowpiercer TV series) co-venture with ITV Studios, Tomorrow Studios. Though it's a first novel that hasn't even been released yet, bidding was competitive -- probably because Soule has done plenty of celebrated comics writing with Marvel, DC, Image, and more.
Among other honors, Soule received the 2015 Stan Lee Excelsior Award for Superman/Wonderwoman Vol 1: Power Couple. He was also celebrated for his work on Twenty-Seven (with Renzo Podesta), She-Hulk (with Javier Pulido and Ronald Wimberly), and his Oni Press sci-fi political thriller, Letter 44. And he's contributed to Marvel's recent line of Star Wars titles.
The Oracle Year is set to be published by HarperCollins on April 3. It will deal with a "twentysomething" Manhattan bassist, Will Dando, who dreams up 108 visions of the future and then decides to monetize those predictions. According to the book's synopsis:
"Protecting his anonymity by calling himself the Oracle, he sets up a heavily guarded Web site with the help of his friend Hamza to selectively announce his revelations. In no time, global corporations are offering him millions for exclusive access, eager to profit from his prophecies."
Alas, more money means more problems, and Dando soon finds himself famous and infamous at the same time, dangerously so.
Soule released the cover image for the book a few months ago, via twitter:
Besides writing the book, he's also set to executive-produce the new show, along with Tomorrow Studios' Adelstein and Becky Clements (Snowpiercer). “Charles’ book was highly sought after and we’re honored that he’s entrusting us to bring his 'What If?' story to television for a series with unexpected twists and turns that will hopefully yield incredible global appeal," said Clements in a statement (via Deadline).
Though it's hard to know what to expect from this show when the book itself isn't even out yet, Soule's work in comics is impressive to say the least. If the book follows in such well-trod footsteps, we could be in for something truly special.