Yes, it could be cool. It’s been a long time since I read it, I’d been thinking of rereading it lately, so I guess that might add come incentive. From what I call it was pretty involved and there was a lot of back and forth in time stuff, that might be hard to translate to film. Also, the identity of the “top-flight movie star” concerns me … please don’t let it be Tom Cruise.
The Shrike gave me nightmares but I also thought it was pretty cool that it was named after a cute little bird that likes to impale it’s food on little spikes.
The only role I can see Leo playing is Raul Endymion from the second set.
If this is going to be a trilogy, then it seems like the pilgrims’ stories would be the entire first movie, then the events leading up to the destruction of the World Web would fill up the second. If they’re planning on combining the Endymion books together for #3, Leo would only be in one movie.
I’m really surprised they’re making this. Dan Simmons isn’t really a household name, but I guess moviemakers are starting to see how multipart movies can be filmed and produced in one time period, which means saving money in the long run. Provided the first movie gets audiences hooked, word-of-mouth will be free marketing for the other films.
I just finished reading Hyperion for the first time (I don’t plan on reading any further, I’ve been well warned the rest of the series) and I’ve got to say it will make for a terrible movie.
Let’s be generous and say the movie is 150 minutes long. You’ve got effectively seven stories (the six and framing devices as well as closure of some kind at the end) to squeeze into that. That’s not going to work. So you start cutting, but who gets cut? Each of the stories is important to pacing or giving us some aspect of the whole picture that gradually comes together at the end. And the ones that advance the plot the least are also, in my opinion, the better stories.
If that wasn’t enough, anthology movies are not well liked in Hollywood anyway. We’d more likely get a completely reworked storyline.
That said, this is the perfect book for a miniseries. One hour a night featuring one story for each character with the framing device of the journey to the Shrike. The technical demands for shooting the book aren’t exactly huge either meaning that it can be effective as a television production. Even the complicated things to show aren’t exactly out of reach of a TV budget.
That’s okay, lots of the previous comments are still relevant. There will be spoilers in this post, by the way.
Like, how the hell are they going to film this, and what parts of the stories are they going to leave out? Then there is the wildly different flavor between the first two books (and between each of those) and the last two books.
I have actually just re-read the whole cantos in the last few weeks, and I am very skeptical that they can make a decent movie out of these stories. What I would be most afraid of is that the last two books would overshadow everything, and be made into a gigantic action ego project for the “actor/producer” Bradley Cooper. It would be as full of empty heroics as the books are, and just as frustrating. And the love story? Very creepy, not to mention how they would treat the characterization of someone who is a messiah. Not to mention the parallels to the Christian Eucharist ceremony, or what happens to the Catholic Church in the far future, and on and on.