Did you know that there are many films based on books of science fiction? Without a doubt, science fiction is one of the most popular genres among the lovers of cinema, for their creativity, ingenuity, and dynamism. And although you may not be aware, many of the productions which premiered in the film have their origin in the literature, it is well worth enjoying,”plus” versions of the audiovisual, especially if they are movies that are not yet to the billboard. So that you can boast in front of your friends (and enemies), we have compiled the films based on books of science fiction that is a must see.
‘Armada’ by Ernest Cline
Recently, the work of Ernest Cline, Ready Player One, came to the big screen with director Steven Spielberg, which follows a high school student who discovers that his favorite game online can become a training simulator sophisticated and, in addition, it can help thwart an impending alien invasion.
As he delves into the secrets surrounding the game, he discovers that the history of both video games and your family intertwine in unexpected ways.
The success around this film, Ready Player One, no doubt gave rise to the rights of the new literature of Cline, Navy, sold before the book was published. In 2012, Universal Pictures removed the movie rights to Armada, and the movie is currently in development at the studio.
However, they have not yet announced an official date for the release of the film.
‘Artemis’ by Andy Weir
In 2011, the novel by Andy Weir, The Martian, was adapted to a film with the same name, which was so successful, that in 2015, was nominated for an Oscar.
But if you got hooked with this story, this book will enchant you. Last November 2017, the author published the story that follows the smuggler Jasmine “Jazz” Bashara, who is trapped in a dangerous conspiracy in the city moon of Artemis.
Given the success of The Martian, we should not be surprised that the rights to make this new movie based on Artemis were purchased by the company 20th Century Fox, months before the book reached the shelves.
From September 2017, the duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller teamed up to direct the adaptation of Artemis, becoming the first project managed by the couple in the calendar, after you exit Only: A Star Wars Story Disney. There is still no date set for the release of the film.
Battle Angel Alita, Yukito Kishiro
This manga series was first published in 1990 and encompasses nine volumes of stories about Alita, a cyborg that was recovered from a garbage heap by a kindly scientist. He reconstructs and teaches him that there is something more to the purpose for which it was created. The series follows the search for Alitapor to know about your past, your adventure touching the lives of the people around them, both human and cyborg. Your powerful mastery of martial arts becomes a target for the government agencies in the shadow, and others who hope to turn it into a weapon.
An adaptation of live action Battle Angel Alita directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by James Cameron (The Terminator and Avatar) has been in the works for a while, and was originally scheduled to reach theaters in December 2018. The film, now titled Alita: Battle Angel, was delayed until February of 2019 to Polish –even more– the extensive visual effects used to give life to their characters and the world of cyberpunk that inhabit it.
‘The Book of Joan’ by Lidia Yuknavitch
The Book of Joan is a retelling of the story of Joan of Arc set in a future, post-apocalyptic, in which mankind has left the Earth to live on a platform floating high above the surface. The story follows a young man who leads a rebellion against the police state that governs this new society.
This book was published in April of 2017 and was quite praised for its feminist themes.
For its part, at the beginning of 2017, according to some reports, Stone Village Productions, has won a bidding war for the rights that were very competitive, and now Scott Steindorff (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Dylan Russell (Penelope) are attached as producers on the film.
However, it remains unknown at what stage of production is this adaptation.
‘Children of Time’ by Adrian Tchaikovsky
When the last remaining humans left on a devastated Earth are forced to flee the planet, go in search of a planet legendary and distant future has already been prepared for your arrival. There’s only one problem: the planet is occupied by other beings that are not human.
This is the synopsis of the fundamental novel of Tchaikovsky (2015), Children of Time, which was enough to draw the attention of The Hunger Games and the study of Twilight Lionsgate and its subsidiary Summit Entertainment.
These studios bought the rights of this literature in 2017, and the writer Colby Day was hired in October to adapt the story to the screen. Although the film Children of Time is in the development phase, it is expected that its official launch will be soon.
‘Dune’ by Frank Herbert
Dune is considered one of the best novels of science fiction of all time, and so much so, that has been adapted not once, but several times, to the big screen over the years.
In the different adaptations, the filmmakers have tried to give a twist to the saga of the generation of rival families vying for control of the planet Arrakis. The original novel follows Paul Atreides, whose administration of the planet as part of the family is brought to a violent end, pushing Paul to the center of a conflict that spans from the confines of the society of interstellar until the soil beneath the sands of Arrakis.
Also in July of 2018, the actor nominated for an Oscar, Timothee Chalamet, recognized for her performance in Call Me By Your Name, it was chosen to interpret the character of Paul Atreides, and more recently was chosen to Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) to interpret to the mother of Paul, Lady Jessica.
Although it has not announced a launch date for the premiere, is expected to be soon.
‘The Forever War’ by Joe Haldeman
Another Award winner Nebula, The Forever War tells the story of a soldier recruited to fight against an alien species aggressive light-years from Earth. He discovers that travel to and from the field of battle has caused that several decades pass on Earth. When you return home, you realize that you are in a Land very different to the left and you’re not sure if it’s worth fighting for that new world.
Ridley Scott first announced that he was adapting to the visual medium The Forever War in 2008, but the project did not materialize until Warner Bros. Pictures regained the rights to the story again in 2015. Jon Spaihts, writer of Prometheus and Passengers, is currently writing the screenplay for the film.
There is still no official release date of the film.
‘Fortunately, the Milk … ’ by Neil Gaiman
The narrator hailed, Neil Gaiman, and the comic artist, Skottie Young, joined forces in 2013 to create this story about a father who goes out simply to look for milk, but then gets caught in a wild adventure that involves time travel, a dinosaur riding a balloon, a God of the volcano, among other unexpected obstacles.
In 2015, it was reported that Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim and the film world Edgar Wright, teamed up to direct Johnny Depp in an adaptation of the story, with Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords, in charge of the writing of the script.
That combination of great professionals caught the attention of 20th Century Fox to do the project, but the truth is currently we have not heard anything more since the initial announcement.
The knife of never letting go, Patrick Ness
As the first book of the trilogy of Chaos Walking, this novel of 2008 is still a child in the alien planet of the New World, recently colonized by humans, who fought a disastrous war against the native inhabitants of the planet known as The Spackle. During the war, as a weapon to viral killed a large part of humanity on the planet, including all women, with a strange side effect: it became possible for the survivors to hear their thoughts. The young man is fleeing the city of his colony after discovering a strange patch of silence in the nature, and a strange girl, with whom he embarks on a journey that delves into the hidden secrets of the New World.
The star of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tom Holland, was chosen as the protagonist of Todd Hewitt in the next film, titled Chaos Walking, with the actress of Star Wars Daisy Ridley, co-starring the mysterious Viola Eade. Ridley published the first photo from the set of the movie in October 2017. The director of The Bourne Identity, Doug Liman directs the adaptation of the novel by Ness, which features the filmmaker Oscar-winner Robert Zemeckis (Back to the future, Forrest Gump) on board as one of the major producers, and a cast of impressive that complete the two runs with Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, Kurt Sutter, Nick Jonas, and David Oyelowo. The film was originally scheduled to arrive in theaters on march 1, 2019, but it is expected that the re-releases, extensive announced in April, delayed the release date.
‘Logan”s Run’ by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson
This novel from 1967 is developed in a dystopian future where resources are scarce, which leads to the society to implement a rule very drastic and that is this: all people over the age of 21 years are over voluntarily their lives. When one of the agents responsible for killing citizens who are “fleeing” of the rule decides to flee as they are about your time, it triggers a series of events that shakes the foundations of this human civilization dark.
The novel was adapted into a movie in 1976, which was starring Michael York, and also nominated for three Academy Awards (of which gain one for visual effects). A new version is announced for the first time in the 1990s, and an update in July of 2015.
‘Mortal Engines’ by Philip Reeve
First published in 2001, Mortal Engines is set in a world where cities roam on large wheels. This “darwinism municipal” occurs after a horrible war that caused the loss of much of the technology and scientific knowledge, only for a society of style steampunk to emerge from the ashes of the old world.
The award-winning story follows a young apprentice engineer in London, one of the largest “cities of traction” that runs through the remains of Europe, after a chance encounter with a young assassin who begins a wild journey through the land, and by air, in the world posapocalíptico of the story.
Peter Jackson serves as a co-writer and producer of the film Mortal Engines and Christian Rivers will make his debut as a director. The first preview of the film premiered in December of 2017, offering a look at the film before its arrival in theaters next December 14, 2018.
‘The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress’ by Robert A. Heinlein
The famous novel of Heinlein, winner of the Hugo award in 1697, tells of the revolution of a city’s lunar after years of serving as a penal colony for Earth. The story follows the uprising from its earliest stages until its final result and explores a future in which humanity must deal with the ramifications extend their reach beyond the Earth.
In march 2015, the franchising director of X-Men, Bryan Singer, announced plans to adapt the story of Heinlein with 20th Century Fox from a script by the producer of the series , Arrow, Marc Guggenheim.
Due to the recent problems of Singer, which culminated with his abrupt departure from the director’s chair of the biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, it is not clear if this adaptation is still moving forward. However, it is expected that, if the production continues, the title to be changed to Uprising. There is No official release date set for the film at this time.
‘Robopocalypse’ by Daniel H. Wilson
Robopocalypse describes the origins, the evolution and the culmination of the devastating global battle of humanity with an artificial intelligence that is in charge of the services and machines automated.
In the same way that World War Z tells the humanity’s war with zombies through a collection of fictional stories from the front line, the story unfolds from the perspective of various characters in different parts of the world as they observe the dramatic change in the world. The characters finally find themselves playing roles integral to the war that will decide the fate of humanity.
The book was chosen by Steven Spielberg in 2011, and the filmmaker plans to direct the adaptation from a script by the screenwriter and director of The Cabin In the Woods, Drew Goddard, but the project was suspended in 2013 to develop to a greater depth in the script and make it a production more manageable.
In march 2018, Spielberg passed on the project to Michael Bay, and the filmmaker of the franchise of Transformers now aims to turn it into one of his next projects.
‘Sleeping Giants’ by Sylvain Neuvel
This novel tells the story of a girl who one day falls in a weak spot in the floor and lands in the palm of a hand of metal giant and mysterious. Years later, that girl is a professional in physics that is still trying to unravel the mystery of the hand of metal, and their search for answers sends them to everyone, as it deepens the mystery.
The novel autopublicada of Neuvel was selected almost as soon as it was published. The producer of the franchise of Spider-Man, Matt Tolmach is overseeing the adaptation, the screenwriter of War of the Worlds,which David Koepp writing the script. The version on the big screen of the story the name was changed by Themis Files and is conceived as the first chapter of a trilogy.
‘The Tempest’ by Julie Cross
The novel of Julie Cross 2012 is an adventure of time travel that makes your protagonist a teenager accidentally find out their ability to move in time, after being witness to the murder of his girlfriend. That discovery puts him in the crosshairs of a shadowy government agency, and in the middle of a war that spans all of the time, while you fight to save the life of the girl he loves, without tearing the fabric of time.
The rights to the novel were picked up by the partners-producers (and brothers) Scott and Sean Cross, who are not related to Julie Cross, as well as by Mimi Polk Gitlin, exsocia producer Ridley Scott, who teamed with Scott to coordinate to produce the classic of 1991, Thelma and Louise. There is a schedule of official development nor a release date announced for the film.
‘Time Salvager’ of Wesley Chu
The novel from Wesley Chu, 2015 develops in a future that has seen mankind to leave the Earth to colonize the stars, leaving behind a planet desolate and toxic. The protagonist is a convicted criminal, whose psychological profile makes him the ideal candidate for an agency that sends people to recover valuable resources and treasures of the history of humanity on Earth, in order to prolong the future of the species. In his final mission, he saves a scientist destined to die, making her a fugitive from the future time.
Paramount Pictures took up the rights to the novel of Chu even before it reached the shelves, and Michael Bay joins in to direct the adaptation. There is No information on when it will begin production of the project or what type of time line (totally intentional) aim of the study at this time.
‘Wool’ by Hugh Howey
The ebook self-published by Hugh Howey was a surprise hit when it premiered in 2012, and generated a series of novels, known as the franchise “Silo” that included several stories, prequels and derivative products.
The series follows the residents of an underground city massive, which extends 144 floors to the surface of the Earth. With the outside world become toxic to mankind, the residents of the silo are dealing with the struggles of an uncertain future under the world that once walked, and a body ruler strict with little tolerance for free thought.
The film rights to Wool were purchased by 20th Century Fox, and the screenwriter of Guardians of the Galaxy, Nicole Perlman, was hired to rewrite the script for the movie in 2015 of an earlier draft of J. Blakeson (The 5th Wave). Ridley Scott is one of the producers on the project, who has a good track record in science fiction, but it is likely that the study you wait until you’re satisfied with the final draft of the script, prior to submission to the directors and schedule a release date.
*Updated on December 26, by Daniel Matus.
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