Ridley Scott casting Wool in 2014

Filmmaker Sir Ridley Scott will begin casting for the film adaptation of 'Wool' in early 2014

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Filmmaker Sir Ridley Scott will begin casting new movie 'Wool' in early 2014.

The 'Prometheus' director is working on a film adaptation of bookshop employee Hugh Howey's novels and is hoping to have actors lined up for the sci-fi film next year.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Casting starts early next year and people are already saying this movie will be the blockbuster to end all blockbusters in 2015."

The first instalment of the post-apocalyptic story, which is only 60 pages long, was self-published in July 2011 and priced at under $1.

Following the popularity of the short piece, Howey wrote more of the story and the tale has since expanded into a series of books.

'Wool' managed to climb into the US bestseller list, after which Howey sold the film rights to 20th Century Fox.

The author was influenced by Scott's sci-fi films while growing up and claims there are elements of 'Wool' which fit with the director's previous work.

Howey previously said: "I'm sure I was influenced growing up on 'Alien' and I'm sure Ripley [the character played by Sigourney Weaver] was in my mind when I wrote the character of Juliette [one of the main character's in 'Wool']. I'm sure the pacing of 'Wool' also harkens back to his older works where you can develop characters and tell the story rather than starting off with explosions."

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