Warners' Movie Adaptation Of Tad Williams' OTHERLAND Has A Producer And A Writer!!
Warner Bros. is looking to adapt Tad Williams' OTHERLAND for the big screen - its four installments are entitled "City of Golden Shadow," "River of Blue Fire," " Mountain of Black Glass," and "Sea of Silver Light" respectively.
THIS piece in Variety describes the project thusly...
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
When I first saw the word "Otherland" in Variety's headline, I imagined the wrong words and knee-jerked with glee, delighted that someone out there was either dorky enough or insane enough to reboot CBS' long ago defunct series "OtherWORLD..."
I know, I know. I'm easily confused and my Geekiness is sloppier and more obscure than many folks. What can I say?
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Jan. 19, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST
How they will do some of this though I have no idea.
Jan. 19, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST
Jan. 19, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST
If this get's the budget and script needed this could be beyond epic.
Jan. 19, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST
by Rob Jenson
Should I check them out? I've never read any Tad Williams.
Jan. 19, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST
I read the first couple books, these books are just WAY too long and involved to be good movies, but could make a quality mini series type thing on HBO Also, when Ready Player One gets optioned and fast tracked, it'll fit better in the movie world and this one will go into turn around
Jan. 19, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST
Jeri Ryan, Jeri Ryan Jeri Ryan...
Jan. 19, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST
Maybe bring back Space: Above and Beyond, but put Jeri Ryan in it!
Jan. 19, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST
Patrick Rothfuss is writing the third book in this trilogy right now and so far it is amazing. The best fantasy genre series I've read in a while. A Song of Ice and Fire is great too but it's frustratingly dense and will never end. Rothfuss' series would make a terrific movie.
Jan. 19, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST
I read the first and was quite impressed.
Jan. 19, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST
much better stuff out there.
Jan. 19, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST
by the Green Gargantua
Jan. 19, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST
Jan. 19, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST
by Matt Goodman
If you are reading this sentence, you actually believed me.
Jan. 19, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST
You should have finished that book - it's got a LOT of setup, but once it gets into the actual story, it's awesome. It's not 4 different stories, it's 4 books because that's needed to tell the one big story.
Jan. 19, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST
Anyone remember that one? NBC ran it for 10 episodes back in 77. Always wondered how that story would have resolved.
Jan. 19, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST
I must have completely missed that OtherWorld TV series! Was it a one season-and-gone show? I've never heard of that one!
Jan. 19, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST
Otherland is a wonderfully written and plotted piece of speculative science fiction, mixed with strong mythological fantasy elements in the digital worlds traversed. Tom Hardy for Dread? Patrick Stewart for the weird old guy?
Jan. 19, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST
by Stereotypical Evil Archer
i am old
Jan. 19, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST
by chad kuhns
I agree with utopiacomplex 100%. This could be the type of top tier scifi Hollywood has seemingly abandoned, IF done right
Jan. 19, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST
Seriously...I can't fucking believe it. It's like the ultimate vindication to my 90's fiction tastes.
Jan. 19, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST
otherworld wasn't 70s - it was 80s - and it was AWESEOME That and misfits of science
Jan. 19, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST
that guy is awesome
Jan. 19, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST
That is some great news! I was so hoping, that someday there will be a movie made out of these books. but please no hollywood-faces for that. all new and unknown fine actors please. man, that whole thing really could be good.... but i am afraid, as allways, they do fuck it up... just think of all the mistakes you could do in casting dread... or even !xabbu... reni.... please no hollywood - crap..... god what a crucial moment in the evolution of this project.... hnng.... anyway... count me in.
Jan. 19, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST
I never thought these books would ever be made into a movie, but I would love to see it. Visually they could be incredibly stunning. Not my favorite of Tad Williams works, but I can actually see some pretty great movies being made out of these books. Unfortunately I think a lot will have to be cut out.
Jan. 19, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST
Jan. 19, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST
Certainly the technology exists now, but the choices of screenwriter & director, as always, will be crucial
Jan. 19, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST
Sorry it's the only oppurtunity I have to troll. Im usually defending shit.
Jan. 19, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST
by Dan the Man
If this even gets off the ground I can't imagine it working. These are four long, involved books, and while the story is excellent it requires a great deal of investment to get into it. The sections involving the adventures in the "Fractured Fairy-Tales" and other crazy virtual worlds have great potential for a movie, but that doesn't really pick up until the second book. The first book is all character work and setting the scene, and it's a lot to get through. Plus I can just imagine people who haven't read the books screaming about it being too derivative of the Matrix, even though I believe the first book came out several years prior.
Jan. 19, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST
Much better series from Tad Williams
Jan. 19, 2012, 8:43 p.m. CST
Better off having a spinoff series following Binabik.
Jan. 19, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST
Christ is it overrated crap. Simon/Seoman annoys the fuck out of me, literally 2000 pages of Simon whining and getting his ass kicked with NO character development, then suddenly he can swing a sword and is a knight. And fuck Tad Williams for taking up too much bookshelf space.
Jan. 19, 2012, 8:46 p.m. CST
It was released a decade too early, imho. If he'd sat on it for at least 10 years, and worked on it now, it'd be something special. Waste of potential.
Jan. 19, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST
Too much story for a single film. Do a diptych of City of Golden Shadow and Sea of Silver Light. Can't wait to see the mythical Egypt, the Houseworld, Jonglers tower, and a floating sarcastic plate of eggs and bacon. FUCK YES!
Jan. 19, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST
Kvothe is a great character.
Jan. 19, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST
Seeing as she has already eaten a bunch
Jan. 19, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST
that predated the Matrix...the best Tad Williams ever did...
Jan. 20, 2012, 12:52 a.m. CST
I remember back in the early to mid 90's, everytime I would go browse the science fiction/fantasy section at the tiny B. Dalton bookshop in the mall, they were always stocked up on Orson Scott Card and Tad Williams books. Especially the Ender and Otherland series. Man, this really brings me back... to a time before the Star Wars prequels existed to piss us off. Back when the idea of a big budget Lord of the Rings movie trilogy seemed like a pipe dream. To a time of Mortal Kombat, Myst, Doom, The X-Files, The Outer Limits, and KMFDM. Good times.
Jan. 20, 2012, 12:57 a.m. CST
Or an HBO/BBC series adaptation of Iain M. Banks CULTURE books. Maybe do each book as its own miniseries, one book to miniseries adaptation a year, which would logically break things up and give the writers and producers some time to write the best possible scripts for each miniseries storyline.
Jan. 20, 2012, 2:14 a.m. CST
by Bedknobs and Boomsticks
Better than the current fascination with rapey, grim fantasy that barely has fantastical elements.
Jan. 20, 2012, 3:31 a.m. CST
Yes, It's out. I am just about finished reading it on my Kindle as we speak.
Jan. 20, 2012, 8:06 a.m. CST
by Wyrdy the Gerbil
I cant see it being done,not right anyway.. this is an epic series of books with multiple vr worlds godlike human avatars and something "other" it could be Game Of Thrones awesome or my worse geek nightmare.. Next they're going to be telling us that Donaldson's "Gap" series or Hamilton's "The Nights Dawn" trilogy is being adapted and my meltdown will be total
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