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Topic: Virtual Space - the movies of the future

From: Bob Yarwood
Location: UK
Date: 08/10/2011

Dear Greg,

Thanks for your reply to me on this subject, although as I said in the essay, I think 3D is a separate issue altogether. I have just sent a letter to James Cameron about the possibility of doing Eon as an ordinary film, but I don't know if the letter will even get to him!. This is a copy of the letter:

"James Cameron
c/o Directors Guild of America
7920 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Dear Mr Cameron,

I wonder if you have ever thought about making a film of Greg Bears novel Eon? It is my favourite SF novel  and I have been a SF fan since 1955.

You have probably read Eon, or know about it, but if not, I think it would be visually awesome. It is classed as hard SF  that is, presented as strictly scientific with no element of fantasy. There is a lot of reference to the Cold War, which is now out of date and I think could be cut out for the film. Some of the concepts might be difficult for the audience to understand, but I remember the same was said about 2001 A Space Odyssey and yet it became a classic. As the author is still active you would be able to discuss it with him and perhaps produce an updated version, like Stanley Kubrick did with Arthur C. Clarke. After all, I remember that "2001" was just a short story at first!"

I don't know if it will ever happen, but here's hoping!

Yours sincerely,
Bob Yarwood

Re: Virtual Space - the movies of the future

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/25/2011

Had a good conversation with Mr. Cameron at the opening of his AVATAR exhibit here at Experience Music Project in Seattle. Lightstorm, his company, has done excellent "coverage" on a wide variety of sf novels, and he is very well read--but I'm glad you're doing the recommending!

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