As the world returns to Westworld for Season 2, its creators are already looking ahead to their project.
Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, who exec-produce HBO’s sci-fi hit, are adapting William Gibson’s The Peripheral for Amazon Studios. Amazon saw off competition from other broadcasters to nab the rights to the series, reports THR, with a script-to-series order given – securing a straight-to-series pick-up for a favoured script, or a financial penalty paid to the pair.
From the cyberpunk author of Neuromancer, the novel follows Flynne Fisher, who lives in rural near-future America where jobs are scarce and veterans from the wars are finding it hard to recover. She scrapes a living doing some freelance online game-playing, participating in some pretty weird stuff. Wilf Netherton lives in London, 70-odd years later, on the far side of decades of slow-motion apocalypse. When Flynne and Wilf meet one another, her world is altered utterly, and Wilf’s, for all its decadence and power, learns that some of these third-world types from the distant past can be real badass. First published in 2014, the book has already spawned a sequel, which will be released in December 2018.
Scott B. Smith (Oscar nominated for 1998’s A Simple Plan) will write the script and executive produce the drama, alongside Nolan and Joy, who are producing via their Warner Bros. TV-based Kilter Films banner. Kilter Film’s Athena Wickham will also exec produce, alongside Westworld’s Vincenszo Natali and collaborator Steven Hoban (Splice). Natali will direct the series.
The project marks Amazon’s commitment to developing genre titles, as it seeks high-profile, big-budget series that can find the same worldwide success as Game of Thrones. The Peripheral joins a slate that includes a reboot of Hannah and a Lord of the Rings TV series. As HBO attempts to find its own successor to Game of Thrones, with Westworld in prime position, Amazon’s deal with its creators may prove to be its smartest yet.