Comic-Con: 'Heroes Reborn' Producers Tackling Hugh Howey's Dystopian Sci-Fi 'Sand' (Exclusive)

Imperative Enterainment aims to adapt the book as a television series.
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Imperative Entertainment, the company currently in production on NBC’s super-power event series Heroes Reborn, has optioned the rights to Sand, the latest novel by self-publishing sensation Hugh Howey.

The shingle, founded by Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Zak Kadison and Heroes creator Tim Kring, intends to adapt the book as a scripted television series.

Sand, set in a lawless dystopian world of howling winds and shifting dunes, tells of a family of sand divers, a group of people who use wetsuit-like technology to dive deep beneath the desert to retrieve mysterious and valuable relics that help them survive.

The book tackled themes of the strength of family, the appeal of lawlessness and the indomitable will to survive. Sand was published in 2014 and Howey is currently working on a follow-up.

Imperative plans to finance the series, which represents an opportunity to capitalize on their innovative multi-platform business model that includes video games, mobile games, and graphic novels.

“In Sand, Hugh has created a wholly unique and distinctive universe populated by a diverse cast of characters,” said Kadison. “Not only will it make for outstanding TV, Hugh’s world is also ideal for ancillaries that can organically enhance the on-screen narrative.”

This is the second work of Howey’s to catch Hollywood’s eye. His self-published trilogy The Silo Series (led by the first book, Wool) sold over 2 million copies and sparked a studio bidding war for the film rights. Fox ultimately prevailed in a package that had Ridley Scott attached to direct.

Howey, who will be on two panels at Comic-Con, including one on the topic of adaptations, said, “There’s so much more story to tell about this gritty world and it feels perfect for television.”

Howey by UTA, Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency, and attorney Wayne Alexander. Imperative is repped by WME.

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