David Wallace-Wells’ instant #1 New York Times bestseller The Uninhabitable Earth has been making waves and waking up the world to the realities of climate change since it was published. And now, HBO Max has just greenlit an anthology series of the same name, using his book as inspiration and source material.
Comprised of fictional, stand-alone stories envisioning many possible futures that could result from our planet’s rapid warming, The Uninhabitable Earth series will enlist top writers and directors to showcase the realities of human life in the future Wallace-Wells painted so vividly. Stories will be told in a wide-range of genres, and cover all kinds of situations Wallace-Wells forecast, from rising sea levels and refugee emergencies, to food shortages and economic devastation.
Wallace-Wells himself will be serving as a consulting producer, with Oscar- and Emmy-winning writer and Hyperobject Industries’ Adam MacKay (The Big Short, Ant-Man, Anchorman) set to helm the project. Other executive producers include Kevin Messick (Succession), wiip’s Mark Roybal (No Country for Old Men), and Animal Kingdom’s David Kaplan (It Follows).
Sure to be provocative, entertaining, and disconcerting, this is but the latest development in a very busy year for Wallace-Wells, whose books was also named to the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2019, GQ's Best Books of 2019, the New Yorker's Favorite Books of 2019, and was chosen as one of TIME's 100 Must-Read Books of 2019. Wallace-Wells is the Deputy Editor at New York magazine, and a National Fellow at the New America Foundation.