Author Don DeLillo’s latest novel, Zero K, is to be published in the U.S. next month by Scribner, and by Picador in the UK. FX has optioned the futuristic tome for Scott Rudin Productions as part of Rudin’s deal with Fox Network Group. In her review this week, The New York Times‘ Michiko Kakutani called the book DeLillo’s “most persuasive since his astonishing 1997 masterpiece, Underworld.”
Zero K follows billionaire Ross Lockhart whose younger wife, Artis Martineau, has a terminal illness. Lockhart is a significant investor in a secretive, remote compound where death is controlled and bodies are preserved until medical advances can restore individuals to improved lives. He hopes Artis can benefit from this pioneering science. Told from the perspective of son Jeffrey Lockhart, Zero K weighs the devastations of our time against “the mingled astonishments of our lives, here, on Earth.” The Times says it acts as a kind of bookend to 1985’s White Noise, “somber and coolly futuristic, where that earlier book was satirical and darkly comic.”
DeLillo has written 15 novels inlcuding Cosmopolis which was adapted as a feature by David Cronenberg and premiered at Cannes in 2012 starring Robert Pattinson. He also wrote the screenplay for 2005’s sports comedy Game 6 which starred Michael Keaton.
He has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with Mao II in 1992 and Underworld in 1998. Last year, he was awarded the National Book Foundation’s 2015 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
Amy Schiffman’s Intellectual Property Group negotiated the deal with FX on behalf of Don DeLillo and the Wallace Literary Agency, Inc.