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American TV Films Vonnegut and Zelazny

Image If Hollywood in recent years has been focusing on films based on comics and teenage novels, then the world of television eagerly takes on the adaptation of sai-fai classics. In the past few years alone, American channels and online services have delighted viewers with television adaptations of such famous sci-fi works as The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, The End of Childhood by Arthur Clarke and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

As it became known to the publication Deadline , soon the heroes of two more books will go to small screens, which are rightfully included in the treasury of world fiction. Universal Cable Productions has announced the start of work on TV series based on Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut and Prince of Light » Roger Zelazny .

Sirens of Titan went on sale in 1959, and a year later received a nomination for the Hugo award. The work of Vonnegut is an amazing fusion of fantasy, sharp satire and a philosophical parable about the meaning of life. The main character of the book is the richest man in America of the future - Malaki Constant . The life of the protagonist changes dramatically after meeting with the adventurer Winston Rumford , who during one of his travels came across a rare space anomaly ...


The first attempts to make a feature-length film based on the novel Vonnegut were made back in the early 80s, but to date, Hollywood studios have not dared to launch the project. Luckily for science fiction fans, the TV people have been far bolder. Sirens of Titan will be adapted by Emmy winner Dan Harmon (Community) and Evan Katz ( "Petty Crimes").

As for the book Roger Zelazny , it was written in 1967. " Prince of Light " won Best Novel at the Hugo Awards, and also nominated the writer for another prestigious science fiction award, Nebula ". The book is set on a planet that, after the death of the Earth, was successfully colonized by the crew of the ship " Star of India ". Incredible technological progress allowed the colonists to achieve immortality and declare themselves new gods. Soon, all the inhabitants of the planet are forced to divide into social groups in the spirit of the Indian castes ...


The film based on the " Prince of Light " could have been shot back in 1979, when Hollywood was ready to spend on its creation a mind-blowing $ 50 million . Legendary artist and comic book writer Jack Kirby was involved in the creation of the first concept art, but in the end they decided to send the project to the shelf. Subsequently, the film script and illustrations of Kirby were used by the CIA on a secret mission to rescue American diplomats from Tehran, which became the basis for the plot of the Oscar-winning drama Operation Argo. Prince of Light will be written by Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Beyond the Boundary) and produced by Gail Anne Heard ("Terminator 2: Doomsday", "The Walking Dead").

Universal Cable Productions already has a wealth of experience working on sci-fi television projects. The company is currently involved in the creation of serial dramas "12 Monkeys", "The Colony" and "Killjoys", and in its immediate plans to shoot a series based on the novel by Aldous Huxley "Brave New World ".

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Author: Jake Pinkman