Die SF-Roman-Serie "Hyperion Cantos" / "Die Hyperion-Gesänge" von Dan Simmons soll verfilmt werden...
Auf Hyperion herrscht das Shrike - ein unüberwindliches Ungeheuer aus den Tiefen von Raum und Zeit. Manche verehren es als Gott, andere sehen in ihm das absolute Böse und wollen es vernichten, aber gefürchtet wird es von allen. Im Tal der Zeitgräber, wo sich riesige Gebilde mit ihren rätselhaften Botschaften aus der Zukunft in die Vergangenheit bewegen, wartet das Shrike. Und es wartet auf sie alle...
Wann "Hyperion" in die Kinos kommen wird, steht noch in den Sternen...
In a surprising bit of news, Bradley Cooper has revealed on "Charlie Rose" (via CHUD) that he's interested in adapting Dan Simmons' science fiction series Hyperion and has already approached Graham King Productions with a treatment that he and his friend, Conal Byrne, wrote together.
"This is an example of trying to get things started," said the actor, who revealed that his true passion lies in one day directing, "[We] went to Graham King, who own the rights to "Hyperion," and we wrote a treatment on spec. I said, 'I know this is a very audacious endeavor, but can you just read this spec we wrote? I think we have a way in to tell the story.' So now we're negotiating to write the script for it."
The story for the novels is set in the distant future, as a space war threatens Hyperion, a planet known for the Time Tombs -- large artifacts that can move through time and are guarded by a gruesome monster called the Shrike.
Bizarrely, the project was some time ago set up at Warner Bros. with Scott Derrickson to direct. Derrickson, who directed the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, was, at the time, also attached to Paradise Lost. That film is now being developed by Alex Proyas and Cooper is likely for the role of Lucifer. At the time, the plan was to to merge the first two Simmons novels into a film called Hyperion Cantos.
While it's too soon to say what will happen with Cooper's take, the Hangover star admits that the project isn't likely to be one that would let him direct, simply because of its massive scale.
"Ideally I'd love to direct," he said, "but there's no way. I mean, I shouldn't say that. You never know."
Though his screenwriting talent has yet to be proven, Cooper certainly has some box office clout to his name as The Hangover Part II has already made $31.66 million in a single day of release. [...]
"The Day the Earth Stood Still" helmer Scott Derrickson is set to direct "Hyperion Cantos" for Warner Bros. and GK Films.
Derrickson boards a project that will take two Dan Simmons sci-fi novels -- "Hyperion" and "The Fall of Hyperion" -- and meld them into one film being scripted by Trevor Sands.
Story is set in the distant future, as a space war threatens Hyperion, a planet known for the Time Tombs -- large artifacts that can move through time and are guarded by a gruesome monster called the Shrike.
Sands co-wrote and directed the 2002 film "Inside." Recently he's worked on Dimension's "Six Million Dollar Man" and adapted the David Brin sci-fi novel "Startide Rising" for Paramount.
Derrickson is also attached to direct "Paradise Lost" at Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Derrickson also co-scripted "Devil's Knot" for Dimension Films with Paul Boardman, his writing partner on "The Exorcism of Emily Rose."
King just wrapped "Edge of Darkness" with Mel Gibson.
Producer Graham King has set up Dan Simmons' award-winning science fiction book series "Hyperion Cantos" at Warner Bros., with Trevor Sands on board to adapt the first two books as one feature. King is producing via his GK Films banner.
The first book, "Hyperion," won the Hugo Award for best novel in 1990, while the second, "The Fall of Hyperion," was nominated for a Nebula Award for best novel.
"Hyperion" deals with a space war, with most of the action taking place on a planet named Hyperion, known not only for its electricity-spewing trees but also for the Time Tombs, large artifacts that can move through time. The tombs are guarded by a monster called the Shrike, which impales people on metal trees.
King acquired the rights to the series several years ago, but its structure, inspired by Boccaccio's "Decameron" and Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," and its multiple timelines made the task of adapting it into a feature unwieldy and challenging.
Brought in by GK Films' Grey Rembert and Gail Lyons, Sands won over the execs by taking a selective approach to the two novels' multiple points of view in a way that managed to coherently and unconfusingly tell the story.
Lynn Harris is overseeing at Warners.
Sands co-wrote and directed the 2002 indie "Inside," starring Jeremy Sisto. Other writing credits include the Sony sci-fi project "Resurrection," Dimension's "Six Billion Dollar Man" and an adaptation of David Brin's sci-fi novel "Startide Rising" for Paramount and producer Mace Neufeld. [...]
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Dan Simmons spoke at the University Bookstore in Seattle a few nights ago. Among a bunch of great stuff, he told us that the screen rights for the Hyperion saga have been sold to a major studio -- and that a major star and major director are in talks for a trilogy of movies based on the Hyperion saga. He pointed out that this is the movie business and anything can happen; nothing is definite. He told us that he's not allowed to announce who it is.
But he is allowed to give hints. And he gave us a pretty solid goddamn hint.
He said the director and star did a movie together very recently. He said something about it being a movie with an extravagant budget. And then he said, and I'm attempting to quote him from memory, it was a movie "about some gangs in some city somewhere."
Is Martin Scorsese directing Leonardo DiCaprio in a fucking trilogy of movies based on the Hyperion saga?
If so, if this actually happens, it may be the first real attempt to do with the science fiction genre what Peter Jackson is trying to do with the fantasy genre with Lord of the Rings. Adapt a major genre epic, do it right, don't dumb it down, use cutting-edge technology to attempt something always considered impossible. God, I hope this is what's happening.
More info from Dan Simmons on the possible trilogy:
When the studio first bought the rights, they had a group of young, up-and-coming screenwriters do a treatment. Simmons says this treatment was overly faithful to the four books, making it far too long and unwieldy. In response, he wrote a 15-page treatment himself in which he says he "deconstructed" the novels and reconceived them in such a way to make them viable for a motion picture trilogy. Here be spoilers:
Raul Endymion and Aenea, the main characters of the second pair of books, are the main characters of the whole trilogy of movies -- their love story becomes central. The aforementioned big star wants to play Raul.
To accomplish this, Raul Endymion and Aenea are on the Shrike Pilgrimage which is the story of the first novel in the series. This is obviously a major change to the novels; it's so extreme that it would be inconceivable for anyone but the author himself to propose it. I have no idea how he's going to make this work, but I have to say I trust him. The Hyperion saga as written in the novels would not work as a movie, even as a trilogy of movies. But a trilogy which reconstructs the characters, plot points, and themes of the books in a new way could be brilliant.
He only answered a few questions (each answer ended up leading him into fascinating 15-minute digressions), but I was able to ask whether "The Priest's Tale" was still in the treatment. It has my favorite scene from the books, but it would probably be an easy cut. He smiled, and said it's in -- he said there's no way he could pass up putting the visual of the tesla trees on screen. Damn straight. [...]
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