DreamWorks has acquired the rights to author and poet Francesca Haig's YA novel trilogy The Fire Sermon. Carla Hacken is producing this futuristic thriller. Here is the synopsis:
"400 years after a nuclear apocalypse, society is left without technology and all humans are twins. One of each pair is physically perfect, and they are called Alphas, while the other, the Omega, bears some mutation. The apartheid society forces the mutated twins to settlements, even though when one twin dies, so does the other. This is the relationship between a brother and sister twin, and what happens when he becomes a leader in the repressed society."
The first book in the series is not yet available to the public, with DreamWorks picking up the work in manuscript form. Francesca Haig has the next two chapters sketched out, insuring a franchise for the studio in case the first movie catches on with audiences. Studios first caught wind of the novel series when six separate UK publishers started chasing the rights. The book does not yet have a U.S. publisher, with stateside rights going to auction on July 10th.
DreamWorks might wait and see how The Fire Sermon books resonate with an audience before even setting up a production start date, so its likely we won't see this trilogy debut on screen until at least 2016.