Amazon is working on a television adaptation of William Gibson's novel The Peripheral of 2014. Although the project is still in the early stages of development, it could bypass Amazon's regular pilot process and get a direct serial order, Variety informs. The novelist Scott B. Smith joins to write and produce executives with the creators of Westworld Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.
The original novel is a complicated story about time travel, future divergences, religious protest groups and a massive corporation called Hefty Mart. It takes place both in an economically sterile American city and in a post-apocalyptic London. The first is in the near future, and the second is in the farther future. The story follows Flynne Fisher, a woman who discovers a connection between the two worlds when she is testing a video game.
"I'm continually grateful for not being in the middle of writing a physical history of time travel like the ones I got older," Gibson told Adi Robertson of The Verge in a 2014 interview with The Peripheral. "But as our geography slowly dissolves into digital, it becomes very interesting."
Although the nonlinear timeline may be difficult to translate into a television series, Nolan and Joy have shown with Westworld that they know how to make narrative leaps. And Amazon has bet big on science fiction and fantasy projects. Former Amazon Studios executive Roy Price told The Verge that CEO Jeff Bezos is interested in finding the Amazon version of HBO's Game of Thrones and devoting resources to doing so. Last year, Bezos reportedly ordered Amazon Studios to shift its programming to higher-impact series and increased spending, apparently favoring more commercial properties than independents. Amazon is trying to convert J.R.R. Tolkien's lord of the rings in a television program and develops a series based on the science fiction novel by Iain M. Banks. Consider Phlebas.
It is not a fact that The Peripheral will ever get a serial order, but if it comes to fruition, you will have a clearer idea of where the transmission service is trying to reach.