This is sort of good news. Columbia Pictures has purchased the rights to The Foundation trilogy, which is on my list of five science fiction and fantasy novels I wish would be filmed and probably never will be. I would be more enthusiastic were it not for the news that Roland Emmerlich (he of 10,000 B.C. and 2012) will probably be directing. OK, he has been doing films with dates in the title which might allow him to relate to a film about psychohistorians, but I’m stretching to be optimistic.
Cat’s Cradle is actually being done by Leonardo DiCaprio‘s production company Appian Way, and is supposed to be out later this year. I am much more encouraged by this.
Here is my aforementioned list of five SF books that I would like to see on film:
- The Stainless Steel Rat – Harry Harrison
- Cats Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
- The Dancers at the End of Time – Michael Moorcock
- 2018 A.D. or the King Kong Blues – Sam Lundwall
- Foundation – Isaac Asimov
There was some discussion around the turn of the century about a Stainless Steel Rat film but nothing ever came of it. I don’t know why no one has ever tried Cats Cradle, or King Kong Blues (unless it’s been done in Sweden). The Dancers at the End of Time would have been difficult until recently, but advances in CGI should make such a film possible.
Two out of five ain’t bad.