With the amount of remakes, reimaginings and retreads of old novels coming out of Hollywood, it’s stunning that no one has made a film adaptation of Ray Bradbury‘s uber-influential book The Martian Chronicles. Originally published in 1950, the collection of pseudo-linked short stories about humans leaving a devastated Earth to colonize Mars and all that comes with it, has had an almost infinite influence on science fiction and popular culture. Universal bought the film rights in 1997 but everyone from Steven Spielberg all the way down were unable to get the film off the ground. Those film rights recently reverted and found themselves up for grabs, so Paramount swooped in and will partner with producer John Davis, who owns the option to the material itself, to try and make Bradbury’s seminal work a reality. There’s more after the break. Read More »

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The Sims Movie Explained

When I heard they were making a big screen adaptation of Will Wright’s The Sims, I wondered how they planned on creating a narrative out of a game which has no narrative. In the game you basically are god and control human characters, and create their home/world. Turns out the film adaptation will be more about you playing the game then the game itself. Producer John Davis explains the “Weird Science”-like idea to Collider:

“The Sims, as you know, you can control your imaginary world, right? And our movie, a young man, a 16 year old kid of a 14 year old kid and his friend get their hands on this thing called the Sims Infinity Pack, right, which kind of this very strange video game store which was there just for that moment, and seemingly wasn’t all that. But what they realize is that they can scan their world in, because this is the most life like, real Sims game ever. And as they are playing this they are all of a sudden realizing is what they are playing on the game is having an effect on the real world. So in effect, through the game, they are able to control their world. It’s wish fulfillment, and obviously it turns against them.”

I’m still not sure what to think of a Sims movie, but now that it has a Twilight Zone type of spin to it, I’m a little more interested.

Discuss: Now that you’ve heard the pitch for The Sims movie, would you watch it?

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