Netflix locking down Annihilation author Jeff VanderMeer's Hummingbird Salamander

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Mar 26, 2021, 7:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Looks like Jeff VanderMeer's Hummingbird Salamander is coming to the small screen. Netflix is nearing a deal for the rights to adapt VanderMeer's highly-anticipated upcoming novel as feature length film.

VanderMeer is one of the foremost sci-fi writers working today. In August, we wrote that Alex Garland's adaptation of Vandermeer's Annihilation is the most "eagerly awaited sci-fi film" of next year. The first book in VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, Annihilation follows a group of female scientists who venture into an area that is dominated by a malevolent intelligence. If Annihilation does well, a franchise could be in the works. All three books have been optioned by Paramount, as has another VanderMeer novel, Borne. 

According to an interview in Publisher's Weekly, VanderMeer describes Hummingbird Salamander as having a "very slight speculative element.... [It] is set ten seconds into the future and deals with bioterrorism, ecoterrorism, and climate change." While speaking with the Verge, he called the book "a taut thriller set in the Pacific Northwest about a simple act of turning a key in the door of a storage unit, and changing someone’s life forever."

Michael Sugar (Spotlight, Collateral Beauty, The Knick) and Ashley Zalta are set to produce under the new shingle Sugar 23, per Variety. VanderMeer will executive produce, if and when the deal gets finalized.