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Topic: Eon movie.

From: Bob
Location: Big Bear Lake, CA
Date: 03/22/2008

Hi Greg,

I am about half way through Eon. It's a great book.
I "found" Eon because it was mentioned in a Michio
Kaku book on physics and it sounded like a good read.

I was just wondering if it was ever considered as a
movie project by one of the Studios? I want to see
the movie! It would be better than a lot of the Science
Fiction that has been produced over the last 20 years.
I realize it would have to be updated a little, I-pods
for Music Coins, Russia for the Soviet Union, may be
drop the Ralph Nader reference...but the Stone and it's
story are fantastic!

I'm a film screener for the Big Bear International
Film Festival and wish I could see Eon!

Bob

Re: Eon movie.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/28/2008

Well, we could also transfer some of the EON Challenge material to film and slip it into the Big Bear festival... See if anybody bites! EON has never provoked a response from Hollywood.

Re: Eon movie.

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego
Date: 03/28/2008

I think the back story would have to be retooled to fit the current geo-political situation, the Story of the Way, the Jarts and the City, are almost a book in themselves. But the near-extinction event would have to change to reflect the current times: pitch it as something the survivors of the current culture conflict between different branches of Monotheism? And then you'd have to tweak the Nadarites and the whole mythology of "The Good Man"...which might be too much Hollywood Heartbreak for your original work and vision. But I keep hearing snipettes that "Rama" is coming to the Big Screen...and if it's a HIT some mogul may start looking for his own flavor on the LARGE Hollow Starship Story. Wait and see...A LOT of people LIKE your Book, and I like the Sequel better!

MG

Re: Eon movie.

From: Scott
Location: Julian
Date: 03/29/2008

I am on something like my tenth read and am still amazed by the depth of imagination.

This book cries out to be made into a movie - only problem is could any do it justice?

Incidentally, no problem in terms of dating, just keep as is and dates on Stone for our guys pushed forward. Russians replaced by say Indians (needs rewriting, but plausible, if politically difficult). Chinese would also need a go through. Okay, the whole politics thing, which is central to the novel, would need a going through.

Re: Eon movie.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/02/2008

RAMA's been discussed for years now. I'd love to see it adapted. It's always seemed strange to me that Sir Arthur's work was adapted for just one motion picture--but what a movie! All right, trivia fans--what contemporary SF/fantasy/horror writer has had more movies adapted of his/her works than any other?

Re: Eon movie.

From: Bob
Location: Big Bear Lake, CA
Date: 04/10/2008

Trivia question: Since you have included "horror", I would
guess Stephen King.

Re: Eon movie.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/15/2008

Almost certainly King is the winner in this category. Richard Matheson gives him strong competition. Though Philip K. Dick may soon be second in line! Some authors with more than one film adapted from their works include Robert Sheckley, Robert A. Heinlein, George Clayton Johnson, Ray Bradbury, and Isaac Asimov. Charles Beaumont, Jerome Bixby, and David Duncan all contributed classic ideas and/or screenplays. Harlan Ellison has had one adapted movie that I'm aware of, plus a scripted film, and a host of TV shows. Any other nominees?

Re: Eon movie.

From: Bob
Location: Big Bear Lake, CA
Date: 04/16/2008

How about SF/fantasy/horror stories made for TV,
movie length or shorts?

I would guess Rod Serling when you count all
of the Twilight Zones (he wrote 92 of them).
Richard Matheson would be in the running here too.
How about the Outer Limits writers?

I would consider shows such as Star Trek to
be just one story.

Bob

Re: Eon movie.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/16/2008

This contest is more about writers who have had some of their novels adapted into films. Beaumont published novels, but none, to my knowledge, were adapted into films. His screenplays of course were many. Matheson recently hit the NYTimes list on the heels of I AM LEGEND in its third filmed version!

Re: Eon movie.

From: Vangelis Kritikos
Location: Athens, Greece
Date: 05/09/2008

"The Star" by Sir Arthur has been adapted (badly) for a "Twilight Zone" episode.

Ok, its TV but I wanted to say something :)

Re: Eon movie.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/12/2008

There have been lots of short story adaptations in such media as comic books (EC Comics adapted Ray Bradbury stories, collected into two paperbacks) and radio ("Dimension X" etc.) and TV began getting into the act in the 1950s. In the 1960s, the boom of anthology shows allowed adaptations of various stories on the original Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Thriller, Alfred Hitchock Presents... and quite a few others. Henry Kuttner, John Wyndham, Robert Sheckley (a TV movie called THE PEOPLE TRAP) Eando Binder, Clifford Simak, James Gunn (THE IMMORTAL), John Collier, Robert E. Howard, and a great many other authors were introduced to TV audiences in the 1960s. By the 1970s, Rod Serling's NIGHT GALLERY was continuing the tradition. A lot of these shows were beautifully done; and remember, television is NOT the same as the printed page. The audience is different, the dramatic form requires major revisions in most cases... And the results are not often under the complete control of either the original writer, or the original screenwriter! Commentaries on DVD by George Clayton Johnson, and parts of Ray Bradbury's biography (written by Sam Weller) chronicle the conflicts and divisions of those shows. I've been re-viewing some of them and find them, by and large, great entertainment for their time. My own story, DEAD RUN, appeared on the second version of the TWILIGHT ZONE, beautifully scripted by Alan Brennert. We did a joint commentary on the DVD.

Re: Eon movie.

From: darrell
Location: Washington D.C.
Date: 06/28/2008

Regarding outdated political situation from eon, a screenwriter could change the cold war feel to the current Islamist extremist dilemma. Perhaps the Islamic states have combined and gained Pakistan/India/Russia's nuclear capabilities. I would say keep it as it was though, plus the Russians will soon come back around and it all will be relevant once again.

Re: Eon movie.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/01/2008

As we've mentioned here before, looks like Russia may be positioning itself to be nefarious once again.

Re: Eon movie.

From: Paul Hennesey
Location: UK
Date: 04/11/2013

Well..

A little late to the party but I have to say, from my first read of Eon, it smacked of big budget movie possibilities.

As has been mentioned though, I would be concerned that it would become very watered down given the time constraints of a motion picture..

Perhaps a petition from all of Greg's (and Eon's) fans sent into the big film studios could illicit a response!?

Whilst some of the tech mentioned in the book has evolved and taken a different path or become a reality (iPad mini = slate anyone?) and the political climate has shifted slightly, the imagery and concept haven't dated at all. Bear in mind I have now read Eon 47 times (and Eternity 33) across 4 decades and never pick it up feeling it is old hat! I always manage to get something new out of it too even though both Eon and Eternity are now pretty much committed to memory!

Anyhoo.. if anyone fancies giving it a go, please count me in as a member of the pressure group! lol

All the best Greg and all.

Cheers
Paul

Re: Eon movie.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/11/2013

Thanks, Paul! I'm not sure I read these books that many times, and I wrote them!

Re: Eon movie.

From: Paul Hennessey
Location: UK
Date: 05/23/2013

It's one of those strange situations... almost every time I start to read a novel I get a few chapters in and lose interest, 'I know... I'll read Eon again!' is the usual thought process that ensues and of course, one can't read Eon without Eternity!

Don't know what that says about me! :-) lol

Re: Eon movie.

From: John Allen
Location: St. Petersburg
Date: 08/08/2013

Wow...it's been 5 years since you've discussed Eon being made into a movie!
...And still no movie.
With all the brain dead flicks coming out now, you'd think they'd at least consider it.
btw...I would NOT update the content of the story...ie usa/Russia tensions. that's the way the book was written.
all kinds of movies take you take to a world gone by.
any who...just my 2.

Re: Eon movie.

From: Michel A. Richardson
Location: Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK
Date: 06/26/2014

EON was a book of its time geo-politically speaking, as DUNE was when it was first published. However the story main threads are timeless and can be adapted to 21st century human strife and tribulations. It was a pleasure to read and re-read and am encouraging my teen to pick the books up. Now...Would it make a great film? No, because this would entail a watered down screenplay which could not possibly do the rich storylines any justice. Would EON and ETERNITY however make great mini-series? Definitely!!!

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