Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The Stars Our Destination

by Nick
Above all, let us pray that they do this one right.

One of my favorite sci-fi stories ever, considered one of the best of all time, The Stars My Destination (aka Tiger! Tiger!) is once again being attempted to be brought to the big screen.

Quickest way to describe this amazing book is "Oldboy in space." Empire has a good synopsis.

It tells the story of Gully Foyle, the last survivor of the battle-wrecked ship The Nomad, drifting in deep space. When a passing spacecraft ignores his distress call, he swears a terrible revenge on the crew and society in general. But his plan of vengeance ends up uncovering a massive secret within his future world.

Bester’s book is widely considered to tackle the themes seen in cyberpunk fiction and other sci-fi stories years before the likes of William Gibson. This will be one tough book to adapt, considering that our “hero” is a raging, animalistic psycho who (spoiler)develops the ability to teleport through space.(spoiler end)


The bad news? It's been bought by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who last year brought us Doom, Derailed, Constantine and Four Brothers. So, jitters.

But the man may have developed some taste in property. He's also adapting Neil Gaiman's Stardust with Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) and Guy Gavriel Kay's The Lions of Al-Rassan with Edward Zwick. And, eh.. Transformers: The Movie with the Bay. All right, so it looks bad.

One can dream that a guy like Fincher or Nolan takes this on, and not some idiot video director whose previous experience extends to Black Eyed Peas videos. But who to play Gully Foyle? For a long time there was really only one face. James Gandolfini. But now he might have finally gotten too old. A friend made a good case for Russell Crowe and Mel Gibson.

Anyone else read the book, or have any thoughts?

6 Comments:

Blogger jaydro said...

Uh, not a very good spoiler hide there. The bold words bracketing it just draw my eyes in, and the color of the spoiler text is slightly darker than the background on my monitor, so it's easily visible without having to cursor highlight it.

Anyway, maybe I'll check out the book....

3/22/2006 07:53:00 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

I know, but what's the correct RGB colour code? I tried several combinations, but nothing worked properly enough.

Anyone have any suggestions on how to deal with spoilers in text?

3/22/2006 08:54:00 AM  
Blogger jaydro said...

Just change the style="color:" bit to style="color:#dd9;" (which I stole from the body header in the page source). Trying it in the blogger editor and going from "Edit html" to "Compose" and back to "Edit html" it converts it to style="color: rgb(221, 221, 153);" (though you won't need to use the rgb if you just use the #dd9).

I could try it here, but it won't let me use the span tag. And the post preview in the blogger editor doesn't show the real background, so I haven't definitively confirmed that I have this right.

3/22/2006 09:59:00 AM  
Blogger jaydro said...

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3/22/2006 10:09:00 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Ah, there we go!

All right everybody, for invisotext the rgb colour is (221, 221, 153)

Thanks, man. Tried dozens of combinations.

3/22/2006 10:17:00 AM  
Blogger Colin said...

Haven't read the book, but reading your secription, I want several songs from Warren Zevon's "Transverse CIty" on the soundtrack.

3/22/2006 11:51:00 AM  

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