jules verne

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 WorldsThe Time Machine), Jules Verne (20,000 Leagues Under the SeaJourney 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.


Source: Blastr

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.


David Fincher and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns have been working together on a movie adaptation of Jules Verne‘s classic novel, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Because both Fincher and Burns have been busy with other shit, not much has been said about this particular project in quite a while. So, Cinemablend decided to take the reins and see what’s the what.

“Because of the amount of pre-vis work that David would have to do we wodn’t probably start shooting for a little while later and David is so buried inDragon Tattoo, that’s where his focus is. For now I’ve done writing for both of them [The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea]. They’re sort of waiting to get cast and move forward.”

Their adaptation isn’t going to be a word-for-word translation of the book onto the screen:

Burns also confirmed that the scale of the project is “really big,” but don’t expect the movie to be the exact same story from Verne’s novel. Saying that there’s “very little” that goes directly from the page to the screen, he said that his job “isn’t to turn a book into a movie, it’s to be inspired by the book and then go write a movie.” The inspiration that Burns took largely come from the three main characters: Captain Nemo, French marine biologist Professor Pierre Aronnax, and master harpoonist Ned Land. “David and I had a really cool idea for the relationship between Nemo, and Aronnax and Land,” Burns said. “That’s really what we kind of got into. But I think it’s very, very true to the spirit of the book.”

Source: Geek Tyrant