Paramount Moving Forward With Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles
Hereís where Iím at as a huge, hard science fiction fan: Iím watching old episodes of Stargate SG-1. Itís not a good show. Iím watching it because Iíve watched almost everything else thatís even remotely science fiction related and, the truth is, Hollywood just isnít making good science fiction anymore. Source Code is what passes for science fiction in theaters these days, and for a hardcore sci-fi nerd, that just doesnít cut it. Itís all but gone off television, the Sci-Fi Channel doesnít even exist anymore, replaced by some zombie version of it which now mostly plays shows about ghost hunting, shows that real science fiction minds like Ray Bradbury, would be pretty quick to decry.
Itís at times like this that the sci-fi world turns to people like Bradbury, looking for good ideas which might help bring the genre back. A few months ago we heard that Fox had optioned Bradburyís The Martian Chronicles, but now itís gone to Paramount and theyíre actually doing something with it. Producer John Davis is pushing forward with a movie version of Bradburyís classic sci-fi title, though just exactly how heíll do it is anyoneís guess.
The thing about The Martian Chornicles is that it isnít one story, but a bunch of completely different ones. They donít really tie together into a single narrative. Itís more a collection of Mars themed short stories, than one story itself. In part of the collection Bradbury tells the story of manís first attempts to colonize the red planet while being fought off by Martian natives. Later man faces a nuclear war which causes a return to Earth. Then even further into the future, in the aftermath of the war humanity becomes the new Martians.
Putting all of that in one movie probably wouldnít work, it seems likely theyíll simply pick one story or group of stories to develop into a feature. Maybe theyíre hoping for sequels in which they can tell the others. Right now THR says they donít even have a writer, so itís likely that the team producing this adaptation isnít even sure what direction theyíll go with it. Whatís certain is that Bradbury is a science fiction master, and if youíre looking for good sci-fi to develop for features, heís the right author to run with.
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