The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog is reporting today that Paramount Studios has secured the rights to Ray Bradbury's classic short story collection THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES. Many attempts have been made over the years to bring this book to the screen; there was even a miniseries on NBC in 1980 that was pretty good, if I remember correctly. I always especially loved "Mars Is Heaven!", which still scares even today.
The book was originally in the hands of Universal, who tried for years to get a version made, even with Steven Spielberg producing, but nothing came of it. Now producer John Davis (PREDATOR, and unfortunately MARMADUKE and NORBIT... shudder) has the project, and considering the scope of the story, it will likely be a tentpole film for the studio.
I have the feeling Mars is going to be a popular vacation spot at the movies, based on next year's JOHN CARTER OF MARS and this. Looking forward to this film if it happens; this book has been notoriously difficult to adapt. With a big budget behind it, we may get to see Ray Bradbury's epic collection finally realized on screen.