CANTOS (TBA) - PREVIEW
Directed by: TBA
Opening Date: TBA
Producer Graham King has acquired the film rights to Dan Simmons'
Hyperion Cantos books and it will go into production next year
for Warner Bros. No news yet on casting, budget, director, etc.
There are in fact four novels in Simmons' series,
namely Hyperion (1989), The Fall of Hyperion (1990),
Endymion (1996) and The Rise of Endymion (1997).
The plot? It is the 29th century and the universe of
the Human Hegemony is under threat. Invasion by the warlike Ousters looms,
and the mysterious schemes of the secessionist AI TechnoCore bring chaos
On the eve of disaster, with the entire galaxy at
war, seven pilgrims set fourth on a final voyage to the legendary Time
Tombs on Hyperion, home to the Shrike, a lethal creature, part god and
part killing machine, whose powers transcend the limits of time and space.
The pilgrims have resolved to die before discovering anything less that
the secrets of the universe itself.
Trevor Sands will adapt the first two books in the
series into one screenplay.
Amazon.com Simmons' books draw on the works of Keats and
provide "a uniquely intelligent and literary approach with cutting edge
science, compelling characterization and edge-of-your-seat excitement." We
couldn't have put it better ourselves.
Along with anything by Ian Banks and Peter F.
Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy, Simmons' Hyperion Cantos
has to count among our favorite sci-fi of the past decade or so. That
Hollywood would to change it into a movie is good news as Hollywood tends
to neglect good sci-fi novels in favor of, well, crap.
Worrisome though is the mention in the press release
that the first two books will be made into one screenplay. Does that mean
it's going to be one movie as well? Simmons' books are quite complex and
to merely strip two of them down to the running length of one movie would
be a dire mistake.
To be honest we've always felt that Simmons' books
would make for a great mini- or TV series. Okay, an expensive one, but the
only way really to do the books justice.
In the meantime, check out Simmons' book so that come
2010 you can complain about how Hollywood made a mess of them. At 1 700
plus pages you might have finished them if you start right now . . .
(don't worry: they're worth every minute, really).
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