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Topic: Screenplay for a Forge of God movie

From: Chris Hyams
Location: Wiltshire, UK
Date: 10/26/2010

Hi Greg,
Is the Forge of God still under option with Warner Bros. studios, and is a screenplay in development yet ? The story has always been there, but now visual effects are perhaps of a high enough standard to meet the book's huge scope and scale. In a perfect world, who would you have direct a future movie ?

Re: Screenplay for a Forge of God movie

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/30/2010

We're still working to get Ken Nolan's excellent screenplay to the big screen.

Re: Screenplay for a Forge of God movie

From: Chris Hyams
Location: Wiltshire, UK
Date: 10/31/2010

That's good news Greg.
Assume this is the same Ken Nolan who wrote the 'Black Hawk Down' screenplay ? (and if so, would Ridley Scott be your director of choice ???).

Aside from the base material itself, how much influence/creative control do you have regarding the screenplay, or has Ken Nolan been given a completely free hand with your story ? (obviously it can't detract hugely from the original story) !, Thanks, Chris

Re: Screenplay for a Forge of God movie

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/02/2010

Indeed, THAT Ken Nolan, and we've been meeting and communicating and comparing notes for much of that time. Ken's a terrific screenwriter, and his screenplay is also terrific.

Re: Screenplay for a Forge of God movie

From: aculturemind
Location:
Date: 11/03/2010

Fortunately...at least I think I saw something else of his the other day that I thought was good or even great....Black Hawk Down is not the only thing he's written. (Although, it may be fair to say that the book it was drawn from was about nothing that had any story, anyways.)

Oh. No, that was Jonathan Nolan. Memento. Oh dear.

Re: Screenplay for a Forge of God movie

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/19/2010

Re: Screenplay for a Forge of God movie

From: Chris Hyams
Location: Wiltshire, UK
Date: 02/16/2011

Hi Greg, hope you're well,

It's been a few months since my last posting. Has there been much progress with the studio regarding the Forge of God's movie adaptation/screenplay ? Or is it still, as they say, in 'development hell' ? Is an Anvil of Stars screenplay also being developed in parallel with the FoG ? Lots of questions, but would really appreciate some news ! Many thanks, Chris

Re: Screenplay for a Forge of God movie

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/08/2011

Contract renewal for the ANVIL OF STARS project is almost complete. We're working with Ken Nolan, Vince Gerardis, Phoenix Pictures, and Warner Bros.

Re: Screenplay for a Forge of God movie

From: Jonathan Williams
Location: Washington, DC
Date: 08/11/2011

Greg,
I'm a longtime reader of your books (relatively speaking -- starting with Infinity Concerto back in the late 80's), and am very, very happy that a film version of the Forge of God/Anvil of Stars books is in the works.

I gather from other posts that the proposed movie in question basically combines the two books? I'm curious: is there any sort of proposed time frame for filming/release? Also, do you have any actors in mind for various characters?

Re: Screenplay for a Forge of God movie

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/25/2011

Still in development, Jonathan--with Ken Nolan combining both novels into a single film. No updates yet!

Re: Screenplay for a Forge of God movie

From: David McElroy
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Date: 01/04/2012

Hi Greg,
I'm hoping the film is still go go go (though honestly, the book is so well done I doubt the film could improve on what your words created in my imagination), but how on earth can two books be combined into one film? Will it be 12 hours long??
I've actually read the Forge of God twice, and am just about to read Anvil of Stars, so if you have time to answer please dont tell me any spoilers, but really, are you concerned at all that by condensing the story, some of the deep emotion the book creates could be lost?

Thanks,

David

Re: Screenplay for a Forge of God movie

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/20/2012

Movies and books are completely different animals--and both have to make their own paths and fit their own rules. No spoilers! Still in process.

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