The Martian Chronicles begins production again
While we've already seen an adaptation of Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles on the small screen, back in 1980 with Rock Hudson leading, the recent attempts to bring a new film to life have been unsuccessful, even with names such as Steven Spielberg involved.
Now though the rights have lapsed with Universal and Paramount have picked up the project, and just maybe we'll see a film being made.
Of course it's much more than one film for The Martian Chronicles from Ray Bradbury (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) covered quite a lot of ground, telling the story of humans trying to colonise Mars which is already inhabited by Martians who fight back hard against the invasion.
It's a fair story and could account for much more than just one film, indeed if a studio did pick up the production, see it through to the end, and give it a decent shot with money and talent, and we just might see a franchise being built out of it.
The problem is right there though, the scale of the project and the amount of investment in money and talent. We're seeing a lot more of these projects struggle to completion, larger scale projects aren't so easy to get made nowadays, otherwise we'd have seen Steven Spielberg bring this to the big screen some time ago.
It's not just The Martian Chronicles though, there are many other films that have a larger scale on paper and struggle through the development process. Is this going to go the same way even with a new studio?
The story from The Hollywood Reporter tells us that John Davis is set to produce the new attempt at getting it to the cinemas, and they also mention that the previous attempts back in 1997 produced a script that could help the production somewhat, unless that is Paramount are starting again from scratch. There's no writer announced yet, and so it's early days.
Will a Martian Chronicles film ever work?