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Topic: Petra Movie?

From: Theo Kipnis
Location: Arizona
Date: 03/10/2009

Hello,

I was just looking up information on your short story Petra, which I've realized has stuck with me all these years, and found a reference to it being used as the basis for a movie. I found nothing by that name on IMDB, nor any movies crediting you as the writer. Was that movie ever made? If not, are there plans to do so in the future? I'd love to know.

Best regards,

Theo

Re: Petra Movie?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/17/2009

A short screenplay was written over ten years ago, and even some design sketches made, but it was never produced.

Re: Petra Movie?

From: Theo
Location: Tucson
Date: 03/17/2009

Thanks for the response! I guess the bright side about nobody making the movie is that nobody has yet made it badly. Hopefully, someone will come back to you about it in the future and follow through with adequate vision. I dare say CGI has improved since the last script was made.

I've just ordered a copy of Sleepside. Do you have any other stories that involve a world like the one in Petra?

Re: Petra Movie?

From: Roald Laurenson
Location:
Date: 03/18/2009

Hmm, and always think this is kind of a great story.

It is for adults, though, and I would think it's one of those experiences that works best with words and the private imagination.

Best,
Roald

Re: Petra Movie?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/21/2009

There's a touch of "Petra" in CITY AT THE END OF TIME--but not Notre Dame.

Re: Petra Movie?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/21/2009

CITY OF LOST CHILDREN is also for adults, a wonderful fantasy film that seems to have something of the same mood. I was honored to meet co-director Marc Caro in Nantes recently.

Re: Petra Movie?

From: Mike Glossons
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 03/21/2009

Oh Greg...I REALLY wish you HAD NOT mentioned Petra and the Morte Dieu in connection with CITY.

I've really been trying to put that aspect of the NOVEL out of my Mind for a while now.

Think I'll go waste some brain cells on CRADLE.

Re: Petra Movie?

From: Theo
Location: Arizona
Date: 03/24/2009

Thanks for the recommendation! I'll get City of the End of Time soon and check it out. I'm looking forward to it -- and precisely *because* I'm looking for more stories along the lines of Mortdieu. That general premise has clearly infinite potential for storytelling in any direction, and I'm interested to see what else you may have done with it.

Incidentally, I'd run into Petra via the Mirrorshades compliation originally, so the other stories in Sleepsides are new to me and I'm enjoying them. Thanks again for taking the time to respond.

Re: Petra Movie?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/24/2009

My pleasure. There's also an omnibus anthology from Tor available in trade paperback, "Collected Stories."

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