Some stories are so much bigger than themselves that their influence can be felt over 100 years afterward, and in more than just whatever iteration they were originally published in. H.G. Wells wrote The War of the Worldsin 1898, but it’s left it’s mark across film, television and radio and inspired countless stories from Independence Day to the second series of Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. But every now and then, someone decides to go back to the well (or Wells?). MTV is the one carrying a bucket this time, and now the network famous for Beavis and Butthead, Jersey Shore, and My Super Sweet 16 wants to dip into hard sci-fi with an adaption of the Wells classic. (more…)
Leonardo DiCaprio‘s production company Appian Way is teaming with Warner Bros to take us all back to The Island Of Dr. Moreau.The production has hired writers Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy ( Hemlock Grove writers) to update the classic H.G. Wells novel into a combination of Sci-Fi and ecological science and conservatism.
Now the first thing that is going to pop into everyone’s head is Marlon Brando’s 1996 remake, which should immediately ring warning bells. That movie was a train wreck. Who could forget mini-brando? Brando and Val Kilmer were reported as hating each other vehemently and the production was caught between the two super egos.
I’m right there with anyone gathering Internet torches and pitchforks if the plan is to crank out another turd fest like that 1996 version, but for those of you lucky enough to have caught the Burt Lancaster and Micheal York 1977 version on some lazy Sunday afternoon, you know what The Island of Dr. Moreaucould be with today’s technology and effects.
Here’s the 1977 version’s trailer, just to give you a taste.
It may not be the most original premise, but you have to admit, it has potential. THR is reporting that yesterday (Thursday) a pitch hit Hollywood for a steampunky literary-themed action-adventure by Ernest Lupinacci was floating around and by the end of the day it was Sony Pictures that snatched it up.
Called The Royal Honour Society, it is about a group who’s membership includes H.G. Wells (The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine), Jules Verne (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth), Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), and while we know them as writers it turns out they actually were adventurers.
Ok, so it’s not the most original pitch in the world.
That’s about all we know at this point and yes it does sound a bit like Alan Moore‘s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and the Malcolm McDowell movie Time After Time, however it could be pretty cool. I guess it depends which direction producers Joe Roth and Palak Patel decide to go. If they take the high road (akin to the aforementioned Malcolm McDowell movie) it’d be true to form and probably awesome. If they just slap a couple of vacuum tubes and gears on a few things, like the adaption of Moore’s 19th century adventure team, it’ll be disappointing.
Oh, wait… wait if they go the Wild Wild West route..? Sloppy misplaced steampunk and Will Smith rapping the theme song… I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.
Contrary to popular belief, the ideas for science fiction stories are not placed randomly into writers’ heads via alien transmissions. The origins of sci-fi are long, using concepts that go back thousands of years. It is only during the last 200 years or so that what can be considered “modern” science fiction began to form and take the shape that it has today.
During the 19th century, religion had been mostly replaced with science as the chief explanation for why things in the physical world behave as they do. Writers everywhere heard the call and used their minds to craft new worlds, inventions and concepts. Some of these were more successful than others, which gives birth to this list.
From the mountains of conjecture arose many concepts which would go on to form the basis of popular science fiction for more than a hundred years. Robots, time travel and planetary exploration are just a few of these. Here are 10 writers of the past (in chronological order) who have impacted the genre so much that they literally formed what the world now thinks of as science fiction.