Summer just heated up another notch with news of Heroes Reborn producers picking up the adaptation rights to Hugh Howey's hot self-published novel, Sand.
Imperative Entertainment's founding members, Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Zak Kadison and Heroes creator Tim Kring believe this dark, dystopian tale will blossom into an intriguing scripted TV series under their enthusiastic direction. This dreary dystopian tale chronicles the parched plight of a family of sand divers who plunge into the dangerous dunes of their sand-submerged planet to retrieve strange and valuable relics to help them survive the horribly harsh conditions.
Published last year to great fanfare, Sand is a combination of Howey’s five-part, self-published Kindle series, which includes The Belt of the Buried Gods, Out of No Man’s Land, Return to Danvar, Thunder Due East and A Rap Upon Heaven’s Gate. Howey is currently hard at work on a follow-up to his gritty novel and insists the universe he created "feels perfect for television."
This is not the author's first encounter with Hollywood, as the rights to another group of his self-published sci-fi survival novellas, The Silo Series, erupted into a bidding war that saw 20th Century Fox and director Ridley Scott emerge as the ultimate victors back in 2012.
Does this Dune-like saga sound too familiar, or does Sand have the all makings of a small-screen desert storm?