Variety reports that Warner Brothers has acquired feature rights to Tad Williams’ science fiction book tetralogy, Otherland, comprised of City of Golden Shadow, River of Blue Fire, Mountain of Black Glass and Sea of Silver Light, which were originally publsihed between 1996 and 2001.
The studio has tapped John Scott III (who is also adapting Isaac Asivmov’s Caves of Steel for Fox) to write the script, with Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows) producing.
The story takes place 100 years from now and follows “a group of unexpected heroes who must escape an assassin and make their way through epic digital worlds to unravel a conspiracy that threatens to destroy humanity.”
By way of comaprison, Amazon offers this book description for City of Golden Shadow:
Otherland: City of Golden Shadow is a complex suspense novel of the near future, where virtual reality has expanded to encompass all aspects of society — and national, physical, and mental boundaries are limited only by the virtue or darkness of the imagination, offering an entirely new level of freedom to people in all walks of life. But a blood-chilling conspiracy involving the world’s most powerful individuals now threatens to shatter this world to its very core….