Another Eco-Disaster Novel To Get The Hollywood Treatment
There is no escape. Green is now all around us. Prepare to be overwhelmed. It’s gone from an issue of awareness to an issue of marketing potential and dollar signs. We can probably expect the backlash to start in a few months. Hopefully, the ideas behind becoming a more sustainable country will make it through all the other crap that is attracted to such momentum. Either way, there’s more coming — and it wants to entertain you. Or scare the hell out of you. Whichever comes first.
It was announced today that the rights to the novel The Swarm have been picked up to be adapted into a big budget film. Dino and Martha De Laurentiis, the producing team behind the Hannibal series of films (pretty decent) are set to lead. From the article,
“The book is ecological disaster novel about an alien presence that exists quietly on the ocean floor and is compelled to destroy humanity after its eco-system is disrupted by pollution. They’re already planning to make this as epic and wide scale as other apocalypse films like The Day After Tomorrow, which considering they mentioned that one, that may not be a great sign.”
Am I the only one that went into The Day After Tomorrow knowing it wasn’t going to win the Oscar? Why the high expectations?
Still, expect this film to have a solid script. Penning the tale for the big screen will be Ted Tally, the writer behind Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon. Anyone read The Swarm? Is the story any good?
So, let’s see. We’ve got M. Night coming out with The Happening, DiCaprio pushing forth The 11th Hour, Shrek 4 potentially involving an environmental disaster, James Cameron’s Avatar using green themes — whoa. And that’s the short list for film. Television is even hotter at the moment.
What do you think? Is this entertainment drawing good attention or diluting the real message? Hit the jump for more on The Swarm….