From: Earle McNeil
Location: Olympia WA
Hi Greg - As I was recently looking through my Greg Bear books to reread (especially Slant)and remembered our conversation a couple years ago about a movie trilagy you and Ron Howard talked about making from Eon, Eternity and Legacy. Anything still in the works? You also had hopes for a one season series on TV. Still working on that? Hope all is well with you. I just got Vitals and am enjoying that. Betty (Kutter) and I still have lunch together every so often and share and talk about your books. Earle McNeil
From: Greg Bear
Thanks for writing, Earle! Good to hear from you again. Actually, I never met Ron Howard--but he was for a couple of months involved in the early stages of developing Ken Nolan's screenplay for THE FORGE OF GOD--which included bits from ANVIL OF STARS as well. He hasn't been associated with the project for some time now. Warner Brothers still has an option on the novels, but there's no news at this time. Say hello to Betty for me!
Location: South Africa
I have just read Eon and may I say it is a wonderful book. I could not put it down till I finished the last word. I then hopped online and obtain more information on your books and was astounded to find out how many you have written. I will not rest until I have read every one of them. As for the Movie and the Eon CG Challenge, I can only hope that this book is turned into a screenplay. I know that it will be a movie of epic proportions and I will be first in line to buy a ticket when it opens here in South Africa.
A great fan
From: Greg Bear
Thanks for your kind words, Sean! The EON CG Challenge (www.CGSociety.org) is coming to a stunning conclusion. The works posted for the contest are beautiful!
From: James Woody
Location: San Francisco, CA
I have read The Forge of God twice now. It was just as riveting the 2nd time as it was the 1st. I'm sure I will end up reading it again, after it's finished being passed around to my friends. I just want to stress that - IF/WHEN this movie is made, you have to have a top notch director for it. Names that come to mind are people like George Miller, Sidney Lumet (remember FailSafe?), Clint Eastwood, even(!), Robert Zemekis, well, maybe Zemekis...Fincher, Chris Nolan, well - I could go on - there are so many others. I just hope and pray that it falls into the right hands if Warner Brothers would get off their ass and greenlight it. I don't believe Ron Howard would do it justice. I am also wary about the idea of combining it with Anvil of Stars. Please, no!
On it's own, The Forge of God is a major film, lots of characters, incredible suspense... I imagined it as a film in my head while reading it and I kept having the image of Bill Peterson playing someone out of it. (I really believe Bill is a credible film actor). Just the image of the eastern seaboard rising up in the air was so awe-inspiring (and you know the effects could be handled quite well these days). It could easily make a fine 2 and a half hour movie. I'm sure you receive lots of messages like this, but I feel so strongly that it needs to have a magnificent director at the helm. I also think you should keep to just the novel, and to not include anything from "Anvil." It's so incredible on it's own!! It has "blockbuster" written all over it! Just what in the hell is the problem with Warners? Bug 'em!!!
Ok - that's my rant and my $.02! I can't wait to pick up Quantico. Keep it up! Thanks!
From: Greg Bear
Remember, it took more than a decade (and a long list of directors and screenwriters involved) to get CONTACT onto the screen, and that film turned out very well.