Whitley Strieber, whose book The Coming Global Superstorm (written with Art Bell) was made into the hit film The Day After Tomorrow, has sold his new novel "2012" to Warner Brothers. His current novel, The Grays, is being made into a film by Sony studios.
In Daily Variety, Pamela McClintock reports that Michael Bay, who just finished directing "Transformers" will team up with producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who will write the script of 2012, which will be published by Tor Books inSeptember. No release date has been set for the movie.
McClintock describes Whitley's as-yet-unpublished book as the story of "an academic researcher who opens a portal into a parallel universe and makes contact with his double in order to stop an apocalypse foreseen by the ancient Mayans."Further hints about the book come from Robert Orci, whosays, "We've been looking for a way to have the kinds ofthrillers that we are interested in that still take intoaccount the latest theories and discoveries in Egyptologyand quantum mechanics, which Mr. Strieber is soknowledgeable about." Andrew Kurtzmann adds this fascinatingstatement, "The idea of a man teaming up with himself tosolve a cosmic mystery was way too good for us to pass up."
Whitley Strieber will be reading from 2012 in a series of Dreamland specials leading up to the publication of the novel in September, and will be publishing a document called 2012 Encodings on Unknowncountry.com in June. This will reveal the complex structure of coded information that went into the creation of the novel.
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