Humanity once directed all its queries to Yahoo Answers, that we might marvel at their bottomless stupidity, but lately Quora has emerged to court questions that ring a little smarter, if also quite strangely. Now it looks as if one might become the basis for a TV series.
Variety reports that Emmy-winning producer Josh C. Kline, an exec at a cloud content collaboration company called Box, stumbled across a Quora discussion that caught his eye. “If every state of the USA declared war against each other, which would win?” it asks.
A whimsical curiosity, perhaps—like Reddit’s infamous horse/duck scenario—though U.S. Marine Sergeant Jon Davis, a veteran of the Iraq war, spun it into a fascinating fiction. His Studs Terkel-like history of the “Second American Civil War” incorporates geography, statistics, and fabricated diary entries to achieve a surprisingly nuanced account of a multi-year conflict we hope never comes to pass, mostly because Texas is the victor.
“The story just pulled me in and the guy’s voice was so interesting that right away I could see it being a film project,” Kline said. He optioned the material with an eye toward a TV miniseries and is excited to be “hustling” on behalf of Davis, a full-time teacher and indie author from Oklahoma. Rather than write the project, he’ll likely get a consulting credit. “I was just really excited that people enjoyed it,” he told Variety.