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Davis Grabs Martian Chronicles

Producer John Davis Options Ray Bradbury's classic Martian tale.

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 25, 2010
Source: Los Angeles Times

Cover image for Ray Bradbury's THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES(1950).
© Doubleday

Another one of Ray Bradbury's classic tales is that much closer to making its way to the silver screen. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Fox heavyweight producer John Davis has optioned the film rights to the author's The Martian Chronicles. This won't be the first time that Hollywood gives his 1950 sci-fi short story collection a try as a 1980 miniseries was made for TV starring Rock Hudson.

Plot Concept: The Earthman conquers Mars ... and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race. Bradbury's novel is described as a classic work of twentieth-century literature whose extraordinary power and imagination remain undimmed by time's passage. In connected, chronological stories, a true grandmaster once again enthralls, delights and challenges us with his vision and his heart-starkly and stunningly exposing in brilliant spacelight our strength, our weakness, our folly, and our poignant humanity on a strange and breathtaking world where humanity does not belong.


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Chopsaki 6/25/2010 2:47:14 AM

Richard Matheson wrote the 1980's mini series. Just curious if anyone has seen it.


MrOptimusPrime 6/25/2010 6:12:56 AM

Yes Chopsaki I have seen it way back in 1980!!  It was ok but kind of a let down like most sci-fi movies (big screen & small screen) after watching Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back!!  Now that I am older I can appreciate what the  movie and story are trying to tell you but back then not so much!!  Hopefully this updated version will live up to what the story is supposed to say to us as described above.

Calibur454 6/25/2010 6:42:31 AM

I was wondering how long it would take hollywood to go back to classic literature for movie ideas? Any takers on how long hollywood will wait before they start using manga from japan for movies- my guess is 5-7 years because they are so stubborn since spirited away won the academy award for best picture and havent let another japanese movie win since then.

Rheul_home 6/25/2010 7:10:32 AM


For the love of god keep Will Smith away from this! For some reason I can see him attached to this... He seems to enjoy being in sub-par adaptions of sci-fi classics.


I liked the miniseries. When I was a kid I wanted robots and lasers. When I got a bit older I came to understand that Star Wars was more fantasy than Science Fiction. After that I was able to enjoy Martian Chronicles miniseries and appreciate the novel for the masterpiece it is.


Chris Beveridge 6/25/2010 7:12:30 AM

 Calibur, there are already several in development based off of manga for US release.

Wiseguy 6/25/2010 7:20:57 AM

Well they're already talking Akira and Cameron is already started some preliminary work on Battle Angel Alita . And Old Boy was supposed to be remade by Spielberg himself so I think that movemnent is already underway Calibur


todd890 6/25/2010 9:09:56 AM

So many books are become films now, even my second cousin which wrote Filaria is waiting to be in developed.

I agree Will Smith should stay away from this film.

monkeyfoot 6/25/2010 9:12:14 AM

Well, Will Smith is one of the go-to guys when you want a big star to be the lead in your film.

Don't you want to se him go "Aww, Hell naw!" the first time he sees a Martian?

Or maybe he'll play Duke Atreides in the new movie version of Dune. When he sees his first sandworm: "Aww Hell naw!!"  Jaden Smith would naturally be Paul Atreides.

Snake Plissken in the new Escape from New York? "Aww,Hell naw..call me Snake."

How about the Dr. Strange movie:

"By The Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth,

Whose words shall now be law,

Let Dormammu now be bound,

By the sacred words Aww, Hell Naw!!!"




Wiseguy 6/25/2010 9:39:26 AM

LOL. Maybe In Escape from NY he'll say "Aww,Hell naw..call me Black Mamba"

nefhead 6/25/2010 10:26:59 AM

Actually its aload of crap. Dreadful story.

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