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Warners' Movie Adaptation Of Tad Williams' OTHERLAND Has A Producer And A Writer!!

Merrick here...

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.  

Dan Lin (TERMINATOR SALVATION, THE INVENTION OF LYING, SHERLOCK HOLMES) will produce from a script by John Scott III.  

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

    FINALLY! I've been hoping for this one!

    by UGG

    How they will do some of this though I have no idea.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    If this is done right it will be...

    by Lacobus


  • If this get's the budget and script needed this could be beyond epic.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    I've been eyeing the books.

    by Rob Jenson

    Should I check them out? I've never read any Tad Williams.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    This won't be done right

    by jemagee

    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

  • Jeri Ryan, Jeri Ryan Jeri Ryan...

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Wait, that was rash.

    by Nerfee

    Maybe bring back Space: Above and Beyond, but put Jeri Ryan in it!

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    The Kingkiller Chronicles

    by Andy_Dufresne

    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.

  • I read the first and was quite impressed.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    3/4 through the book I threw it away...

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    much better stuff out there.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    ¿Quien es mas Macho? Otherworld o Ark II?

    by the Green Gargantua

    Ark II

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    You've got to love a show that starred the great Jonathan Banks.

    by cookylamoo

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Just saw an EXTREMELY early test-copy of Prometheus and...

    by Matt Goodman

    If you are reading this sentence, you actually believed me.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    3/4 through the book I threw it away

    by Dreamwriter

    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

    You want obscure? The Fantastic Journey!

    by Bob

    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

    Wow, I'm pretty good with 70s TV trivia but...

    by MaxHeadroom

    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

    Excellent Story, Please Do it Justice!

    by UtopiaComplex

    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

    I remember watching Otherworld!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    i am old

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST

    This could awesome

    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

    First GOT and now Otherland!!!!

    by osufan77

    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


    by jemagee

    otherworld wasn't 70s - it was 80s - and it was AWESEOME That and misfits of science

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    I just hope the get Sam jackson as Long Joseph

    by Superponte

    that guy is awesome

  • 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


    by funkylovemonkey

    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, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Otherland is a BIG undertaking to do right

    by batmancw

    Certainly the technology exists now, but the choices of screenwriter & director, as always, will be crucial

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Don't know nothing of this...don't really care.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Sorry it's the only oppurtunity I have to troll. Im usually defending shit.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Scope of Otherland is massive, seems destined for failure

    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

    Screw Otherland, should have adapted Memory, Sorrow and Thorn

    by gopher

    Much better series from Tad Williams

  • Better off having a spinoff series following Binabik.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Tried rereading MST last year for the first time since it came out

    by Wookie_Weed

    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

    Anyone remember Chris Carter's Harsh Realm?

    by Wookie_Weed

    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

    HOLY SHIT!!!!

    by Turingtestee

    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

    I am digging The Kingkiller series

    by Turingtestee

    Kvothe is a great character.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST

    I predict his girl turns out to be a resin addict somewhere in book 3

    by Turingtestee

    Seeing as she has already eaten a bunch

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Great books

    by Voltan

    that predated the Matrix...the best Tad Williams ever did...

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Otherland and Ender's Game getting movies after all these years

    by lv_426

    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.

  • 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

    Love Memory, Sorrow, Thorn (Dragonbone Chair).

    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

    Zombie Fatigue

    by Andy_Dufresne

    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

    Holy fuck

    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