For the first time, iconic sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison has allowed a film to be developed based on Repent, Harlequin! Said The Ticktock Man, the seminal story he published in Galaxy magazine in 1965. Ellison has granted an option directly to J. Michael Straczynski, whose recent credits include helping to fix World War Z, Thor, the TV series Babylon 5 and Sense8, the upcoming Netflix series he is doing with Lana and Andy Wachowski. He also wrote the incredible Rising Stars series for Image Comics… much better than the similarly themed Heroes television series.
The story is about Everett C. Marm, an ordinary man who disguises himself as the anarchical Harlequin and engages in whimsical rebellion against the Ticktock Man. The trouble is that if he is found out, the government could stop his heart at long distance if they learn who he is. Straczynski sees the cautionary tale as especially relevant in a post-Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street environment, or even Edward Snowden, in a story of a man who goes against the system and must pay the price for his actions. Now that the script is done, Straczynski will look for production partners and a director, and the first parties he will approach will be Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro. Ellison’s story won the 1966 Hugo Award and the 1965 Nebula Award, among others.
February 19, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Science Fiction | Tags: Action, Art, Classic, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Guillermo Del Toro, Harlan Ellison, Harlequin, Heroes television series, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, J. Michael Straczynski, Lana and Andy Wachowski, Legend, Netflix, Peter Jackson, Sci-Fi, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Violence, World War z | Leave a comment
Mike Newell has been set to helm The Day Of The Triffids, the adaptation of the classic Sci-fi book by John Wyndham that was scripted by Neil Cross for Ghost House Pictures. Those sparked about this development know the logline: After a comet shower blinds most of the world’s population, those with sight must battle alien plants, known as triffids, bent on destroying mankind.
The film’s being produced by Ghost House Pictures, Mark Gordon, Don Murphy, and Michael Preger, and Murphy’s Angry Films partner Susan Montford will be executive producer.
The book was previously turned into a 1962 film and most recently a 2009 miniseries that starred Dougray Scott and Joely Richardson.
Newell seems an inspiring choice for the material. The helmer of Four Weddings And A Funeral, Donnie Brasco and Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire last helmedGreat Expectations.
January 24, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Science Fiction | Tags: Action, Aliens, Classic, Comets, Controversial, Cult, Day Of The Triffids, Disturbing, Ghost House Pictures, Gore, Horror, Icons, Independent, John Wyndham, Mike Newell, Murphy’s Angry Films, Post Apocalyptic, Remakes, Sci-Fi, Science Fiction, Suspense, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Violence, Zombies | Leave a comment
The Island of Dr. Moreau is heading for another update at Warner Brothers. The studio and Appian Way partners Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran have set Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy to script a ‘contemporary re-imagining’ of H.G. Wells’ classic novel. The intention is to make it a sci-fi film with a topical ecological message. Appian Way will produce with Mad Hatter Entertainment’s Michael Connolly.
The 1896 Wells book has been adapted for the screen several times with iconic participants: the 1932 film Island Of Lost Souls with Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi, the 1977 pic with Burt Lancaster and Michael York, and the 1996 New Line disaster that starred Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. That last version didn’t fare well at all…
The writers and Connolly are are coming off of a successful run at Netflix, as their show Hemlock Grove got two Emmy noms. Series is based on McGreevy’s novel. CAA and Mad Hatter rep the scribes.
September 6, 2013 | Categories: NEWS: Science Fiction | Tags: Action, Appian Way, Banned, Bela Lugosi, Charles Laughton, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Gore, H.G. Wells, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, island of dr moreau, Legend, Leonardo DiCaprio, Remakes, sci fi film, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment