From: Michael Klegin
Dear Mr Bear.
I was wondering what on earth or in LEO we can do as loyal fans to get the ball rolling on a movie or two?
If its a financial issue I believe we might be able to do something like the Iron sky team and get a kick starter project to push the project out into the light of day.
Let me know if there is anything at all I might be of assistance with.
Michael D Klegin
From: Greg Bear
All good ideas, and we may yet do them. But for the moment, there's still serious work going on in LA on getting projects off the ground. Thanks, and stay tuned!
From: Michele Zommer
Hello Greg Bear! Have read a number of your books since Moving Mars. All astounding but none have moved me the way this novel did. If your position permits, would you share with me who owns the movie rights to Moving Mars?
From: Greg Bear
Thanks, Michele! MOVING MARS is currently at liberty, options-wise.
From: Gray Area
Unfortunately, they are recycling every odd bit of sci-fi, not just into movies, but television. I found out they made a TV mini-series of Coma. Ewww.
That and the kids just love all the Marvel stuff. Wait....maybe if you got one of your [real] books into a graphic novel format, Greg......
From: Roald Laurenson
Location: in view of the Coronado Islands
You know, I really had another think about this movie desire after watching Ender's Game. It was actually pretty well done, with its own point of view and a lot put in for fans to feel it was real, very sincere in that respect.
Yet the original is so much non-obviously internal to Ender that I think this could only be a pale shadow, in spite of its efforts and effects. And the young man who played him did quite a fine job.
I wonder what makes a Starship Troopers relatively satisfying, in spite of its political slant and cartoonishness, and Ender's Game less so? It may be the viscerality, the immediacy which cinema usually entails, which could be fit to one story better than another which is more introspective.
Then I think about the Forge/Anvil pair. Like Ender, so much distance of story to cover, for all their vivid moments. The snake braids, a wonderful device to see, though. But as if imagination, from the writing, isn't enough??
In a way, I wonder if Hull Zero Three might not fit a film form better. Yet how would you get inside the head of that wonderful female crystalline wolf character; so key; and not to have the later colloquy seem like the Wizard of Oz meetup?
Maybe I just like the idea of the moral showdown when things are realized at the end; and maybe the kinds of thinking that produce great and broad speculative writing are quite different to what makes a great film?
I can have the same difficulty with Ursula Le Guin, or for that matter Kawabata Yusinari, who was indeed trained as a painter, and has some wonderfully cinematic writing. Snow Country in fact was a good film, and a book as composed as a sumi-e painting. But it didn't confuse with unpresent images, or unpresent technologies.