Warner Bros. is currently in the works for developing a potential trilogy based on the Fourth Realm book series. Written by John Twelve Hawks, the first book called The Traveler will be adapted for the big screen, Deadline reports.
The story is officially described as follows:
In London, Maya, a young woman trained to fight by her powerful father, uses the latest technology to elude detection when walking past the thousands of surveillance cameras that watch the city. In New York, a secret shadow organization uses a victim’s own GPS to hunt him down and kill him. In Los Angeles, Gabriel, a motorcycle messenger with a haunted past, takes pains to live “off the grid” — free of credit cards and government IDs. Welcome to the world of The Traveler — a world frighteningly like our own. In this compelling novel, Maya fights to save Gabriel, the only man who can stand against the forces that attempt to monitor and control society. From the back streets of Prague to the skyscrapers of Manhattan, The Traveler portrays an epic struggle between tyranny and freedom. Not since 1984 have readers witnessed a Big Brother so terrifying in its implications and in a story that so closely reflects our lives.”
This dystopian future merged with science-fiction/fantasy has certainly caught the attention of everyone with the recent release of The Hunger Games in theatres. The story however does sound oddly reminiscent of the author’s own obfuscated identity.
In times past, some authors were all about wanting to remain anonymous. Now days, books are written keeping in mind how the pages might translate better to film. Authors themselves take on a celebrity status and get a lot of media attention; so to possibly sell the story more. For some authors, remaining anonymous is their way of being judged for their writing. This isn’t so for John Twelve Hawks; known as JXIIH and J12H to his fans. For Hawks, this is his way of staying off the grid, just like his character Gabriel.
In fact, Hawks’ American publisher states that he has never met his editor. All communications are done either via the internet or an purportedly untraceable satellite phone. Probably to make things more irritable, a voice scrambler is tossed into the mixed. Man, that’s got to annoy the editor on those calls.
To top it off, according to Joe Regal, Hawks’ agent, “He lives in New York, Los Angeles and London.” The same locations where The Traveler is set.
So the story is taken largely from the writers life. Sure it might be a bit eccentric and there’s room to wonder if this is all a gimmick, but hey, write what you know!
Depending on how The Traveler does in the box office, all three books of the series might be adapted to film as well.