Warner Bros. acquired the rights to Tad Williams' Otherland series

This from variety.com:

Warner Bros. is heading to "Otherland," acquiring feature rights to Tad Williams' sci-fi book series and setting it up with Dan Lin to produce.

Studio has tapped John Scott III to script the film, based on the four books published by DAW-Penguin USA between 1996 and 2001 as "City of Golden Shadow," "River of Blue Fire," "Mountain of Black Glass" and "Sea of Silver Light."

Story for the adaptation is set 100 years in the future and follows a group of unexpected heroes who must escape an assassin and make their way through epic digital worlds to unravel a conspiracy that threatens to destroy humanity.

Seanne Winslow Wehrenfennig at Lin Pictures will serve as co-producer and oversee for Lin Pictures.

Lin's a producer on "Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows" and is in post-production on period drama "Gangster Squad," starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Sean Penn, directed by Ruben Fleischer. He's also producing "Lego: the Piece of Resistance," written and directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord, with Warners planning a 2014 release.

Scott's zombie script "Maggie" made the top 10 of the 2011 Black List and was the top title of the 2011 Blood List, the top 13 most-liked unproduced screenplays in the horror, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy, and dark comedy/drama genres. "Maggie" is in pre-production with Henry Hobson directing, and Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Matt Baer, and Trevor Kaufman producing.

Scott is also adapting Isaac Asivmov's "Caves of Steel" for Fox, also with Hobson attached to direct.

WME represents the "Otherland" book rights. Scott is repped by CAA and managed by Trevor Kaufman.

9 commentaires:

Morrigan said...

That roster isn't looking so good... urgh.

Joshua said...

But done correctly, this could be awesome. I loved that series.

Celebrity said...

Warner Bros. are best. Whole world's kids love their movies.

Lagomorph Rex said...

I admit, I'm disappointed that they picked this rather than Memory, Sorrow and Thorn..

Bets Davies said...

No No No. Tad Williams writes mammoth, complex upon complex books. They will never boil down that series into something that won't drive the fans mad. I mean, sure. Peter Jackson managed Tolkien, but a) he's Peter Jackson, and b) let's face it: As ground breaking and earth shaking as Tolkien was, his books contained a lot of fat. Even judiciously trimmed, they were still climbing up to three hour long movies, which just isn't acceptable as a current movie, really.

My brother and friends are in movies and all say the same thing: Short stories make good movies. They have more similar structure to a screenplay and are already somewhat skeletal. Often, a movie can actually add, rather than take away, from the original.

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Pete in Sheboygan said...

I believe this is one of the five best series of the past 30 years. If it's done right it could be fantastic. Lets all hope that it is.

Anonymous said...

"Short stories make good movies".
Much too generalized.
It's always depending on the quality of the content.

Filmmakers being able to adapt complex stories and FAT books to the screen have more work to do in every sense. And if the final product looks like LotR I'm fine with it.
I'm one for 4 hour movies if needed. If it's not possible, like in GoT, then you have to make a series.

One other mention: Tolkien and Williams are not complex in their storytelling. Tolkien at least created a vast mythology around his relatively straightforward and easy story of good vs bad. Which made Gollum the most interesting character by far.

Anonymous said...

This series was way bloated and the payoff was not worth the investment.

Hendrik Schaper said...

I loved the books, I think it is one of the best multi-character-point-of-view narrations I read.
Even if between 4 and 5k pages were way too much for the story, I didn't want these books to end.

With the right love for detail, Otherland could become a great Series, (would be better than 4 Movies)
Maybe Peter Jackson can pitch in after the post production of the Hobbit...