There has been an increase of major labels buying the rights to novels over the last decade, and we’re seeing it happen again as Warner Bros. is planning to adapt Reed King’s ‘FKA USA’ to the big screen. MacMillan Publishers is releasing the novel through their Flatiron Books in June of 2019 and have already arranged for this dystopian piece of fiction to get a cinematic release in what is being reported as a seven-figure deal. Early hype has the book being called “something of a cross between L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, Douglas Adams’s A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and Ernie Cline’s Ready Player One.”
We know that Andrew Lazar (‘American Sniper’) will be producing through Mad Chance along with Glasstown Entertainment. As for Warner Bros., they have VP of Creative Development Peter Dodd being the one who brought this upcoming book to the studio.
Thanks to the policies of the United States’ final president the country was dissolved due to environmental disasters which have ripped both the country and the world apart. In the novel:
It is 2085, and Truckee Wallace, a factory worker in Crunchtown 407 (formerly Little Rock, Arkansas, before the secessions), has no grand ambitions besides maybe, possibly, losing his virginity someday.
But when Truckee is thrust unexpectedly into the spotlight he is tapped by the President for a sensitive political mission: to deliver a talking goat across the continent. The fate of the world depends upon it.
The problem is—Truckee’s not sure it’s worth it.
Joined on the road by an android who wants to be human and a former convict lobotomized in Texas, Truckee will navigate an environmentally depleted and lawless continent with devastating—and hilarious—parallels to our own, dodging body pickers and Elvis-worshippers and logo girls, body subbers, and VR addicts.
Elvis-willing, he may even lose his virginity.
Odd is an understatement to describe this description. If you look past the politically charged reason for the end of the world as we know it, this seems like we could be in for quite an entertaining ride.
Are you interested in checking out ‘FKA USA’? What parts of the plot have you most or least interested? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Deadline Hollywood