Wool
Genre
Created byGraham Yost
Based onWool
by Hugh Howey
Directed byMorten Tyldum
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producers
Production location
  • United Kingdom
Production companyAMC Studios
DistributorApple Inc.
Release
Original networkApple TV+

Wool is an upcoming American science fiction streaming television series created and written by Graham Yost and directed by Morten Tyldum and based on the first book in the Silo series by author Hugh Howey. The series stars Rebecca Ferguson, who also executive produces the series, and is set to premiere on Apple TV+.

Premise

In a toxic dystopian future where a community exists in a giant silo hundreds of stories deep underground, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them.

Cast and characters

Production

Development

The project was first announced as being in development as a feature film at 20th Century Studios, who entered negotiations to acquire the self-published e-book Wool by Hugh Howey on May 11, 2012.[1] Five days later, it was confirmed that 20th Century Studios had acquired the rights to the novel, with Ridley Scott and Steven Zaillian among those attached to produce the film.[2] On November 28, 2012, it was announced that J Blakeson was in negotiations to write and direct the film.[3] It was later announced on June 5, 2015, that Nicole Perlman was hired to rewrite the screenplay, with Blakeson no longer involved in the project.[4] The film was ultimately shelved as a result of the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney.[5]

On July 30, 2018, it was announced that a new iteration of the project was in development for television at AMC, with LaToya Morgan attached to write the adaptation under her overall deal at AMC Studios.[6] The series eventually moved to Apple TV+ on May 20, 2021, with the project receiving a series order consisting of 10 episodes. Graham Yost was attached to replace Morgan as creator and writer, marking his third series at Apple TV+ under his overall deal with the network. Morten Tyldum was also attached to direct and executive produce the series, with Yost serving as showrunner.[7]

Casting

Alongside the series order announcement, it was also announced that Rebecca Ferguson was cast in a lead role.[7] In August 2021, Tim Robbins was added to the cast.[8] Rashida Jones, David Oyelowo, Common, Harriet Walter, Avi Nash and Chinaza Uche joined the cast in the following months.[9][10][11]

Filming

Principal photography began in late August 2021 in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire and is scheduled to last until spring 2022.[12] On August 18th, 2022, Hugh Howey stated on his Facebook page that the series is set to release in March 2023.[13]

References

  1. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (May 11, 2012). "20th Century Fox Spins 'Wool' For Scott Free And Film Rites". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 5, 2021. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  2. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (May 16, 2012). "TOLDJA! Fox Acquires Online Book Sensation 'Wool'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 26, 2021. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  3. ^ Brodesser-Akner, Claude (November 28, 2012). "Exclusive: Fox Looks to Reel In Director J. Blakeson for Adaptation of Self-Published Sci-Fi Hit Wool". Vulture. Archived from the original on January 23, 2021. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  4. ^ Sneider, Jeff (June 5, 2015). "'Guardians of the Galaxy's' Nicole Perlman to Rewrite Sci-Fi Movie 'Wool' for 20th Century Fox (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Archived from the original on February 28, 2021. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  5. ^ Geisinger, Gabriella (August 8, 2019). "Fox movies scrapped forever after Disney's big takeover". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on February 12, 2021. Retrieved June 5, 2021.
  6. ^ Otterson, Joe (July 30, 2018). "Hugh Howey's 'Wool' in Development as AMC Series From LaToya Morgan (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on September 15, 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (May 20, 2021). "Rebecca Ferguson to Star in Series Adaptation of Hugh Howey Novel 'Wool' at Apple". Variety. Archived from the original on May 20, 2021. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  8. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 18, 2021). "Tim Robbins Joins Rebecca Ferguson in Apple TV Drama 'Wool'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 6, 2021. Retrieved August 18, 2021.
  9. ^ White, Peter (September 22, 2021). "Rashida Jones & David Oyelowo Join Apple TV+ Dystopian Drama Series 'Wool'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 22, 2021.
  10. ^ White, Peter (October 15, 2021). "Common Joins Apple's Dystopian Drama Series 'Wool'".
  11. ^ Grobar, Matt (November 1, 2021). "Wool: Harriet Walter, Avi Nash & Chinaza Uche Join Apple's Dystopian Drama As Series Regulars". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  12. ^ Daniels, Nia (August 19, 2021). "Exclusive: AMC films Wool for Apple at temporary UK studio". The Knowledge. Archived from the original on August 31, 2021. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  13. ^ "Hugh Howey". www.facebook.com. Retrieved September 17, 2022.