Entertainment news source Variety announced on Monday that production company Legendary TV has acquired the rights to Mr. Scalzi’s newest novel, Lock In, as the pilot for a potential television series.
Here is the publicity blurb for Lock In, from publisher Tor Books:
Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four per cent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.
New technologies emerge to help those who suffer from the condition—a virtual reality network and a system of “riding” in the bodies of other individuals—which are quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse…
That is the third time this year that John Scalzi has had Hollywood come knocking on his door. His novel Redshirts has been picked up by FX for a limited series, and his “Old Man’s War” series is being mined by the SyFy network for yet another television series.
On his popular blog, “Whatever“, Mr. Scalzi responded to the realization that he had three works in development for TV by saying this “is very cool and wonderful for me and which means I’m having a totally giggly moment over here.” But, true to form, he’s keeping it real, knowing that just because the rights to a work have been picked up is no guarantee that it will make it to production: “Maybe we’ll get to screen and maybe we won’t. But just like I’m enjoying the moment now, I’m going to try to enjoy the journey, too, wherever it leads.”
Regardless of wherever it leads, we at LitStack feel that congratulations are in order. So, Mr. Scalzi – congratulations! We hope to be seeing far too much of you in the days to come!