Another Stanislaw Lem book is being adapted for film.
Israeli director Ari Folman seems quite serious about this project, due out in 2013. Starring will be Robin Wright, Paul Giamatti (presumably as Ijon Tichy) and Harvey Keitel. Evan Ferrante (Owen Fowler in Swans Crossing), who does a mean Tom Cruise imitation, will be in the film as well. The title has been shortened to THE CONGRESS.
Stanislaw Lem wrote this book in the early 70’s and Lem, though a great writer, was a bit long-winded. If one remembers the Andrey Tarkovskiy interpretation of SOLARIS (runtime 165 minutes) one is aware of what can go wrong with adapting Lem’s work. Soderbergh’s 2002 version was a more watchable 99 minutes and was quite faithful to the book.
So I’m hoping for brevity. And properly updated technology. If you remember the story, Tichy goes to the 8th World Futurological Congress in Costa Rica. Among the neat things in the book are cops who believe they are robots but are actually human; hotel rooms advertised as “bomb-proof”, and a water supply laced with a drug that makes people benevolent. (I don’t remember how he reconciled the prevalence of hotel room bombings with a population drugged into benevolence.)