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'Alice Creed' Director J. Blakeson To Helm Ridley Scott-Produced Sci-Fi Pic 'Wool'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 29, 2012 9:26 AM
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A few years ago, boardgame properties were all the rage, and now self-published e-books are the new subjects of bidding wars. Earlier this summer, Fox scooped up the rights to Hugh Howey’s self-published and post-apocalyptic “Wool” with Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian -- under their respective production companies -- teaming up to shepherd the film into production. Now it looks like they have a director in the form of “The Disappearance of Alice Creed” helmer J. Blakeson.

Alex Proyas To Helm 'Gods Of Egypt' For Summit, Fox & Scott Free Grab E-Book Sensation 'Wool'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • May 18, 2012 2:50 PM
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Score one for the self-published author. In a bidding war comparable to the recent "50 Shades of Grey" face-off, 20th Century Fox has acquired the film rights for Hugh Howey's self-published, post-apocalyptic e-book, "Wool." Originally started as a stand-alone story in 2011, fervor over Howey's work led to more installments, the first five of which have been compiled into a omnibus edition. Howey self-published "Wool" through Amazon, and, after positive word-of-mouth, sold over 140,000 copies through e-book in just under six months. Not bad for a guy who worked as a yacht captain for eight years before pursuing a literary career (can't make stuff like that up).

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