HBO is developing a half-hour comedy series based on the Dave Eggers novel “The Every,” Variety has learned.
The book synopsis is as follows:
When the world’s largest search engine/social media company, the Circle, merges with the planet’s dominant e-commerce site, it creates the richest and most dangerous—and, oddly enough, most beloved—monopoly ever known: the Every.
Delaney Wells is an unlikely new hire. A former forest ranger and unwavering tech skeptic, 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 company’s weaknesses, hoping to free humanity from all-encompassing surveillance and the emoji-driven infantilization of the species. But does anyone want what Delaney is fighting to save? Does humanity truly want to be free?
The Every delves deeper into the questions posed by The Circle and the world it introduced. It also stands perfectly on its own as an independent work, as appealing for brand-new readers as for people who’ve been waiting eight years to find out what happens next.
Studded with unforgettable characters and lacerating set pieces, The Every blends satire and terror, while keeping the reader in breathless suspense about the fate of the company—and the human animal.
Eggers will serve as an executive producer on the project. Rachel Axler will adapt the book for the small screen and executive produce, with David Miner of 3 Arts also set to executive produce.
“The Every” was published by McSweeney’s in 2021. Eggers other novels include titles such as “The Monk of Mokha,” “The Circle,” “Heroes of the Frontier,” “A Hologram for the King,”and “What Is the What.” “The Every” is not the first time one of Eggers’ works has been adapted for the screen. Most recently, “The Circle” was made into a film starring Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, and John Boyega. “A Hologram for the King” was adapted into a film starring Hanks in 2016.