From: Chris Pearson
Location: Watertown, MA
you're probably sick of answering this question, but what's the latest on the Forge of God/Anvil of Stars film? Who is currently attached to writing the screenplay? and how long does Warner Bros. have an option on it? I really wish they would get cracking on this, if it is done right it could definitely have the potential to be one of the better SF films in recent years. Speaking of which, what are some recent SF films that you feel have been excellent? My vote would probably go to "Children of Men" (nice to see a SF film done so well, have a relevant message and leave a lasting impact...)
I actually had a dream the other night i was watching "Forge of God" in the cinema (it was the scene where the trench bombs started going off under the ocean. it was spectacular!) Anyhoo, just ordered "Quantico" from Amazon, looking forward to reading it as i do with all your material! Any guess on when you might start penning the third installment of the Forge/Anvil series?
Thanks again for all the wonderful stuff you've written, take care.
From: Greg Bear
FORGE is attracting directorial attention and still seems to be in play at Warner Brothers. These things can take a dreadfully long time to get going! Here's hoping you're a prophet... Ken Nolan's screenplay does indeed include that particular scene.
Over at Dan Simmon's forum, we've been getting very interesting bits here and there on the types of actions (optioned, rights bought, etc) in the process of making a movie from a book. Apparently, options are common, and just as commonly run out.
From: Greg Bear
That is the rule. A lot of money is spent in speculative investing, as it were. But a movie doesn't get made without a good screenplay--most important as a seed--and then without a director, stars, etc. The art of the deal is very important--as with any large business endeavor, and making a movie does involve a lot of money and resources and people. And then there's completion bond--think Chili Palmer with an abacus and a stopwatch... But that's when a movie is in production!