From a media release:
Canadian production companyÂ No Equal EntertainmentÂ has secured exclusive worldwide rights to Robert J. Sawyerâ€™s award-winningÂ WWW Trilogy, consisting of the novels,Â Wake,WatchÂ andÂ Wonder. Each novel in the trilogy has won Canadaâ€™s top honour in science fiction and fantasy writing,Â The Aurora Award, in addition to earning numerous other international accolades, as well as appearing on multiple bestseller lists around the world. Producer J.B.Â Sugar and No Equal have commissioned Shelley Scarrow (Wynonna Earp, V-Wars, Lost Girl) to adapt the novels for television and she will also write the pilot. The project has received development support from the Bell Fundâ€™s Slate Development Program and the Canadian Media Fundâ€™s Export Pilot Program. No Equal and J.B Sugar have a history of producing adaptations of other classic and popular novels including John Knowles’Â A Separate Peace,Â for which Sugar was nominated for an Emmy Award, Douglas Couplandâ€™sÂ JPodÂ for CBC, andÂ the popular SPACE and SYFY television seriesÂ Bittenbased onÂ theÂ OtherworldÂ novels byÂ Kelley Armstrong.Â David S. Goyer and Brannon Braga previously adapted Sawyerâ€™s novelÂ FlashForwardÂ into a series for ABC Television starring Joseph Fiennes. Sawyer served as a consultant and writer on the series.Â
The threeÂ books â€”Â Wake,Â Watch, andÂ WonderÂ â€” contemplate the ramifications of an emergent sentient intelligence. The inception of this consciousness occurs in familiar settings: the homes, workplaces, and streets of the world we know, as the digital infrastructure we rely on literally comes to life â€” an entity with millions of webcam eyes and billions of gigabytes of data at its disposal, a consciousness that knows everything youâ€™ve ever said in an email, and everything anyone has ever said about you online. The novels center around Caitlin Decter, a young blind woman who is given sight enabled by new technology; an internet enabled retinal implant. Caitlin becomes the first to discover the arrival of this new form of intelligence and begins to teach it the ways of the world and, more importantly, about being human. As their relationship evolves and their secret is exposed, they become a formidable team that must fight against a clandestine government organization, help a subversive Chinese anti-government blogger and work with an animal behaviorist on the cusp of making a profound discovery.
WakeÂ is the first novel inÂ WWW Trilogy.Â Caitlin Decter is young, feisty, a genius at math, and was born blind. But she can surf the internet with the best of them, following its complex paths in her mind. When a Japanese neurosurgeon develops a new signal-processing implant that might give her sight, she jumps at the chance, flying to Tokyo for the operation. But the visual cortex in Caitlinâ€™s brain has long since adapted to allow her to navigate online. When the implant is activated, instead of seeing reality, she sees the landscape of the World Wide Web spreading out around her in a riot of colours and shapes. While exploring this amazing realm, she discovers somethingâ€”some otherâ€”lurking in the background. And itâ€™s getting smarter.
In the second novelÂ Watch,Â an extraordinary presence within the Web has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But this emerging consciousness has also come to the attention of WATCHâ€”the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States, whether foreign, domestic, or onlineâ€”and the agents are fully aware of Caitlinâ€™s involvement in its awakening. WATCH is convinced that Webmind represents a risk to national security and wants it purged from cyberspace. But Caitlin believes in Webmindâ€™s capacity for compassionâ€”and she will do anything and everything necessary to protect her friend.
In the final novelÂ Wonder, the advent of Webmindâ€”a vast consciousness that spontaneously emerged from the infrastructure of the World Wide Webâ€”is changing everything. From curing cancer to easing international tensions, Webmind seems a boon to humanity. But Colonel Peyton Hume, the Pentagon’s top expert on artificial intelligence, is convinced Webmind is a threat. He turns to the hacker underground to help him bring Webmind down. But soon hackers start mysteriously vanishing. Meanwhile, Caitlin Decter â€”the once-blind math genius who discovered Webmindâ€”desperately tries to protect her friend. Can this new world of wonder surviveâ€”or will everything, Webmind included, come crashing down?
Robert J. SawyerÂ has been called â€the dean of Canadian science fictionâ€ byÂ The Ottawa CitizenÂ and “just about the best science-fiction writer out there these days” byÂ The Denver Rocky Mountain NewsÂ â€” is one of only eight writers in history (and the only Canadian) to win all three of the science-fiction field’s top honors for best novel of the year:Â the World Science Fiction Society’sÂ Hugo Award, which he won in 2003 for his novelHominids; the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’sÂ Nebula Award, which he won in 1996 for his novelÂ The Terminal ExperimentÂ and theÂ John W. Campbell Memorial Award, which he won in 2006 for his novelÂ Mindscan.Â Â According to the US trade journalÂ Locus, Rob is the #1 all-time worldwide leader in number of award wins as a science fiction or fantasy novelist. Rob is a member of the Order of Canada, the highest honour bestowed by the Canadian government; he is the only person ever inducted into the order for work in the science-fiction field. For more information, please visit Sawyerâ€™s personal website:Â www.sfwriter.com
Shelley Scarrow’sÂ television credits include writing and producing forÂ Wynonna Earp, Being EricaÂ and the upcomingÂ V-WarsÂ for Netflix. Her varied experience also includes comedy and childrenâ€™s programming, with programs includingÂ Degrassi: The Next Generation, Mysticons, theÂ Total DramaÂ franchise andÂ Sophie. Her writing has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and has won several Writers Guild of Canada awards. Coming from a theatre development and producing background, including work on several Broadway musicals, Shelley has also received a National Magazine Award for food and travel writing.
J.B. SugarÂ is a dual American and Canadian citizen working as a producer, director, writer and showrunner through his production company,Â No Equal Entertainment. Sugar most recently produced a long-form investigative documentary calledÂ The GuardiansÂ airing on CBCâ€™sÂ documentary ChannelÂ in 2019 and directed Hallmark Channelsâ€™Â A Midnight Kiss. He also worked as a director on the third season ofÂ Dark MatterÂ for SYFY and SPACE. Previously, Sugar produced three seasons and directed multiple episodes of the drama seriesÂ BittenÂ for SPACE (Bell Media), SYFY (NBCUniversal) and NETFLIX, based on theÂ New York TimesÂ best-selling novels by Kelley Armstrong. Prior to moving to Canada, Sugar was nominated for an Emmy Award for producing Showtimeâ€™sÂ A Separate Peace, based on the classic novel by John Knowles, in addition to producing and co-creating the game showÂ WintuitionÂ for GSN and SONY and winning the Student Academy Award for his AFI thesis filmÂ John.
No Equal EntertainmentÂ was founded in 1998 by Larry Sugar and is now owned and operated by J.B. Sugar. Based in Canada, No Equal develops, produces, and distributes feature films, television movies, television series, and mini-series for the domestic and international marketplace. To date, No Equal has produced over 300 episodes of television for US and International broadcast. No Equal produced the feature-length documentaryÂ The GuardiansÂ for CBCâ€™sÂ documentary ChannelÂ andÂ Bitten, a one-hour drama for Bell Mediaâ€™s SPACE, SYFY, and NETFLIX. Past productions include: Peter Geenawayâ€™sÂ Nightwatching,Â jPod, based on the novel by Douglas Coupland (CBC),Â TheÂ CollectorÂ (SPACE and Chiller),Â Kill Kill Faster Faster,Â Dead Manâ€™s Gun,Â (Showtime and MGM,Â First WaveÂ (SPACE and SYFY),Â So WeirdÂ (Disney Channel),Â RomeoÂ (Nickelodeon),Â Just Deal(NBC),Â Secret CentralÂ (Hasbro), andÂ The TroopÂ (Nickelodeon).Â