Dystopian series heading to the big screen.

Deadline reports that Warner Bros has acquired the feature rights to reclusive author John Twelve Hawks’ bestselling series ‘The Fourth Realm Trilogy.’

Set in the near future, the books reinterpret history as a battle between the forces of control. There is the Tabula, a centuries old secret organisation which manages society through constant observation, and the Travelers, a nearly extinct group of people who can project their spirit into other dimensions, and whose knowledge has the potential to bring down the Tabula.

The studio is aiming to get the first book in the dystopian series, ‘The Traveler,’ into development as soon as possible. ‘Watchmen’ co-writer Alex Tse was attached to adapt the series back when it was set up over at 20th Century Fox.

Amazon’s synopsis for ‘The Traveler’

In London, Maya, a young woman trained to fight by her powerful father, uses the latest technology to elude detection when walking past the thousands of surveillance cameras that watch the city. In New York, a secret shadow organization uses a victim’s own GPS to hunt him down and kill him. In Los Angeles, Gabriel, a motorcycle messenger with a haunted past, takes pains to live “off the grid” — free of credit cards and government IDs.

Welcome to the world of The Traveler — a world frighteningly like our own.In this compelling novel, Maya fights to save Gabriel, the only man who can stand against the forces that attempt to monitor and control society. From the back streets of Prague to the skyscrapers of Manhattan, The Traveler portrays an epic struggle between tyranny and freedom. Not since 1984 have readers witnessed a Big Brother so terrifying in its implications and in a story that so closely reflects our lives.