DreamWorks has acquired film rights to John Twelve Hawks’ sci-fi thriller novel “Spark.”
Doubleday will publish the book in the U.S. and U.K. in October 2014. Foreign rights to the novel are being shopped at the Frankfurt Book Fair this month.
“Spark” is set in the near-future and questions “the meaning of freedom and self-determination in a world without either,” according to Publisher’s Weekly. “The Traveler,” which is the first book in author’s Fourth Realm trilogy, is currently in development at Warner Bros. The trilogy has sold more than 1.5 million copies.
Twelve Hawks prefers to stay out of the public eye and keep his real name a secret, though he is known to fans as J12H or JXIIH. He reportedly communicates with the outside world only by email or by untraceable satellite calls using a voice scrambler, and has given only a handful of interviews throughout his career.
DreamWorks recently acquired Francesca Haig’s “The Fire Sermon,” which is designed to serve as the first book in a futuristic trilogy.
Twelve Hawks is represented by Kassie Evashevski at UTA.