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  • seandodson 12:30 pm on January 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , cloud atlas the movie, , , ealing comedy, , , , speculative fiction, Tom Tykwer, v for vendetta,   

    Cloud Atlas: David Mitchell novel to be adapted by Hollywood 

    cloud_atlas1First Showing is reporting that David Mitchell’s masterful Cloud Atlas will be adapted for the big screen. The film of the book (that should have won the 2004 Booker Prize) will be produced by the Wachowski Brothers and directed by Tom Tykwer, who previously directed  Run Lola Run.

    My first thought is that Cloud Atlas is pretty un-film-able. The book is a literary jigsaw puzzle: something both entertaining and difficult at the same time. It takes a long time to ponder, without ever being too heavy. So much of that will surely be lost in translation.

    What will remain, I think, will be highly entertaining,. Like Danny Boyle’s re-making of Trainspotting, it will romp along nicely enough; hopping through different adventures and riffing along different genres. Think of Timothy Cavendish’s misadventures, for instance,  and how they would make for a tight little Ealing-style comedy.

    But it will be a fluffier Cloud Atlas on offer. Of course it will. The Brothers Wachowski can only carry it up to a point. Their V for Vendetta simplified much of Alan Moore’s political message after all and it made for a frustrating adaptation, despite excellent performances from Geoffery Rush and Natalie Portman (the latter an evens-bet for Luisa Rey in Cloud Atlas). The brothers also famously failed to give the Matrix Trilogy much sense in the end. Could they do better with Cloud Altas with just two hours to play with?  I wonder.

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    • ggw_bach 1:34 pm on January 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      book adaptations always make the best movies. Strong characters, well threaded plots. Gives the groundwork for the visual and acting experience.

    • PJ Alesci 2:49 pm on February 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      It screams to be a five or six-part cable mini-series

    • Jamie 4:44 pm on February 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Possibly my favourite book of the last few years. Difficult to see how they could produce a “faithful” adaptation within the one film without excising key elements. Suppose they could really push the boat out and film a trilogy, but seems unlikely in current climate.

    • scrapper 7:28 pm on March 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Seems that what is happening with “Life of Pi” being in development hell could easily happen with this book. I personally hope they do not adapt this into a watered down Hollywood spitshined oscar flagpole like “Benjamin Button.” By the way Geoffrey Rush wasn’t in “V for Vendetta”

  • seandodson 10:30 pm on November 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , margaret atwood, new scientist, , , speculative fiction, , the death of science fiction,   

    Has science made science fiction obsolete? 

    I enjoyed New Scientist’s discussion on the “death” of science fiction. It argues that “science – and its handmaiden, technology – are changing so fast that it is impossible for science fiction to keep up.”

    In a nice, well-rounded series of articles, including a great inverview with William Gibson (above), it argues that, while the genre’s golden age of prediction might be getting slightly rusty, it’s role of satirical mirror to society’s anxieties is less tarnished.

    “As well as a mere storytelling device, science fiction often articulates our present-day concerns and anxieties – paradoxically, it is often about the here and now rather than the future.”

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