Teaming up with 20th Century Fox, director Ridley Scott and producer Steve Zaillian have acquired the film rights to Wool–a self-published science fiction novel about a dystopian future.

You can read an early draft of Wool at this link. Author Hugh C. Howey (pictured) also landed a book deal with Random House UK this weekend. The former yacht captain published Wool in July 2011, and has since written four more books in the series.

Check it out: “WOOL was picked up by Century, a kick-butt division of Random House, which . . . wait for it . . . also did 50 Shades of Grey. After a 5-way auction that took place during the London Book Fair, Century and Random House came through with the most compelling offer. They addressed every single concern I had with the domestic offers. They appreciate how this was published, how important your involvement has been, and they want to maintain and even emulate those features.” (Via Sarah Weinman)