Dave Eggers’ 2021 dystopian novel about an Amazon-esque company, The Every is set to receive a television series adaptation over at HBO, Variety reports. The Every is a follow up to Eggers’ 2013 book The Circle, which was turned into a film of the same name starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson.
The Every will be adapted as a half-hour comedy series by Rachel Axler (Veep, Parks and Recreation), and follows as the world’s largest tech company acquires the planet’s dominant e-commerce site (known as “the jungle”) to create the richest and most dangerous – and, oddly enough, the most beloved – monopoly ever known: The Every.
The novel centres on Delaney Wells, an unlikely new hire at the company. A former forest ranger and unwavering tech sceptic, she charms her way into an entry-level job with one goal in mind: to take down the company from within. With her compatriot, the not-at-all-ambitious Wes Makazian, they look for the Every’s weaknesses, hoping to free humanity from all-encompassing surveillance and the emoji-driven infantilization of the human species. But does anyone want what Delaney is fighting to save? Does humanity truly want to be free?
While that doesn’t exactly sound like a barrel of laughs, executive vice president of HBO Programming Amy Gravitt states: “In this equally terrifying and hilarious cautionary tale, Dave Eggers shows us the increasing cost of the frictionless life that technology enables. As he writes, ‘Nothing described herein actually happened, though much of it likely will,’ and what better starting point for an HBO comedy script?”
For now, we’ll just have to take her word for it.