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Topic: CITY transferred to Film?

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 08/21/2008


Thanks for your talk her tonite in San Diego. You gave me a bit more to go on for the piece I am writing about CITY.

Regarding turning CITY into a Film: You pointed out one of the major points I had glossed over in thinking about CITY as a movie: The "metaphysics" of how reading and books ties into the plot. That would be nearly impossible to transfer to film...and would probably come off as badly as the film that was done of the Alexandria Quartet...which has a point of contact with CITY, as Quartet is driven by how the characters see the events, and also how some of the characters describe those events.

But the fantastical events that occur in the book, I saw nothing in there that Weta couldn't handle...which was the source of my thinking of getting our friend Star to drop off a Copy with him on her next trip to Antartica...as New Zealand is her jumping off point.

There would have to be a "Peter Jackson" who was totally ENTHUSED about CITY to do the entire metaphysics of books, reading, observing to the screen...and it would have to be an Uber-Peter-Jackson at that...completely intoxicated with the novel.

But a lot more filmable than a Borges story.

It will really all depend on whether or not you have tapped a cultural nerve with this novel...we won't really know about that for at least a decade: whether CITY is a Nova, a Hyper-Nova or a Quasar across our culture(s).


Re: CITY transferred to Film?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/26/2008

I believe Peter Jackson is still signed up produce Naomi Novik's Temeraire, following THE LOVELY BONES perhaps. Cultural nerves... hm, what if it's more like a root canal? CITY is selling quite well in the UK, but it's still too early to tell in the U.S.

Re: CITY transferred to Film?

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 08/26/2008

Ooops...don't think I made myself quite clear. Not exactly 'Peter Jackson'...but some one, some when down the line, who had Peter Jackson's love and enthusiasm for LORD OF THE RINGS.

I'm invisioning some up-and-coming director, a decade or two from now, who is smitten with CITY.

And that's assuming CITY ends up having as big a following as the first DUNE novel.

As you know, you were "preaching to the choir" with me with this Novel, but I think it is constructed with as broad a scope that it should light a fire in the minds of all sorts of readers.

I will be starting my second read of CITY AT THE END OF TIME in a few days. It took me almost a week to "get" the inscription you made in my copy...was still some what pre-occupied with Hans Jonas' work on the Gnostics.


Re: CITY transferred to Film?

From: patrick
Date: 08/29/2008

Hmmm.....over at Dan Simmons' forum, in talk about adapting some of his stuff to screen, a couple/few have mentioned Jackson with some fervor. I haven't seen anything of his that would even remotely make me think something of his or yours, Greg. Dan didn't express any enthusiasm over such, either.

Re: CITY transferred to Film?

From: Bob
Location: Big Bear Lake, CA
Date: 08/30/2008

Once again, I think any book can be made into a great
movie, including City. I've read The Lovely Bones and
can't wait to see what Peter Jackson has done with it.
I'm still waiting to see a Greg Bear feature.


Re: CITY transferred to Film?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/01/2008

As am I, on both counts. There are good screenplays in hand for two of my novels, and an excellent scripment of a third... Work ongoing!

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