Thursday, October 9, 2014

Movies: Hollywood Discovers Hard Science Fiction

(Drivebycuriosity) -  I love science fiction. Science fiction authors ask "what if" and they try to give plausible answers. The best of them speculate about the future by appreciating scientific possibilities, using a lot of logic, and they mingle their tales with sciences like physics,  evolution and information technology (hard science fiction).

Most of the usual Hollywood "Science Fiction" flicks are disappointing. There is not much science in it, if any. The typical  Hollywood "Science Fiction" film focuses on action and simple entertainment. The IMDb list of the most popular Sci-Fi flicks itemizes movies like "Avengers: Age of Ultron", "Transformers: Age of Extinction", "Guardians of the Galaxy", "TeenageMutant NinjaTurtles" and so on (imdb).

But recently a headline caught my attention: Hollywood is preparing a big movie titled "Story of  Your Life". The title reminded me of one of the best science fiction stories I ever had read. A Google research reveals that Tinseltown indeed plans to make a big production based on Ted Chiang`s short story "Story of Your Life" (variety).

This news seems to be too good to be true. "Story" is really hard science fiction: Aliens arrive suddenly on the earth. A scientist (linguist) is recruited by the military to decipher their language and therefore figure out their intentions which recalls memories of her own life. The tale, based on science and on logic, was the winner of the 2000 Nebula Award for Best Novella and the 1999 Sturgeon award (). It is part of the anthology "Stories of Your Life and Others" by Ted Chiang (amazon).

Media report that the gorgeous Amy Adams is designated for the leading role, the linguist who "communicates" with the alien. I had enjoyed her performances in "American Hustle" (drive)  and "The Master" (bycuriosity).

I am glad that the brilliant - but underrated - Chiang could reap an important Hollywood deal and I am curious how director Denis Villeneuve and script writer Eric Heisserer will transform the sophisticated story into a movie aimed for the mass market. Villeneuve had impressed my by the disturbing movie "Prisoners".

Can´t wait.

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