Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake now has a release date. Warner Bros. announced that the film will come out on November 20th, 2020. This is the second film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science-fiction epic after the 1984 film by David Lynch.
Dune follows the Atreides family as they acquire control of the planet Arrakis, a desert planet that is the only source of a valuable drug that can extend human life on Earth. The novel explores the various royal families and political figures all fighting over control of the drug.
The all-star cast features Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem and Jason Momoa.
Interestingly, the Dune remake is occupying the release date previously occupied by Fantastic Beasts 3, the third installment in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off series centered around Newt Scamander. Critical and commercial reception for The Crimes of Grindelwald was the lowest for the Harry Potter series yet. Filming for the third installment was delayed until autumn of this year for retooling.
Books that fall under the category of genre fiction (including fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, horror, and many more) have no restrictions but the limits of the imagination. These five authors decided to take that as a challenge, and it worked out pretty damn well for them.
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
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Teens hide in a bunker from the giant mutant grasshoppers destroying Iowa. In Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle, the end of the world is weirder than anyone ever could have imagined it. The giant grasshoppers destroying Iowa mostly want what Smith’s protagonist wants: to mate and destroy. Smith’s bisexual protagonist finds himself in the apocalypse bunker of a mysterious and wealthy town legend with only his girlfriend and his gay best friend- who has a crush on him. With chapter titles like “The Right Kind of Cigarette to Smoke Before You Kill Something,” Smith’s novel is full of wit and eccentricity that give its serious moments all the more impact.
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
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Aliens regularly abduct a teenager, giving him the choice to press a button which will stop the scheduled end of the world. You know Shaun David Hutchinson’s We Are the Ants is one seriously bizarre story when alien abductions aren’t the strangest thing in it. Hutchinson’s world is going to end, and only one bullied teenager can stop it with the press of a button. With his mom’s underemployment, his brother’s immaturity, his sometimes-hookup’s abuse, and his grandmother’s worsening dementia, the choice seems to be a resounding HELL NO. But as the story proceeds, it becomes less and less clear whether this is a story about a boy who doesn’t want to save the world or a story about a boy who might want to save himself.
Rules for Werewolves by Kirk Lynn
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A group of misfits who may or may not turn into werewolves search local driveways for a specific car. Kirk Lynn’s Rules for Werewolves might not be about werewolves at all. This work of literary fiction explores what it means to be wild as it follows a gang of self-described werewolves, a close-knit gaggle of homeless young people running away from their troubled circumstances. As they search for the car of a man who has wronged them (with the intention of getting their dubiously-deserved revenge), it becomes difficult to discern whether their transformations are literal or figurative. Whether or not they are what they call themselves, the story culminates in something truly animal.
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
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The grown-up Scooby Gang, now alcoholics and felons, return to the site of their childhood trauma to solve one last mystery. Edgar Cantero’sMeddling Kids mixes childhood nostalgia with Lovecraftian horror to produce this hilarious nightmare of a novel. A group of teen sleuths and a dog famously solved mysteries in their hometown until one deadly case that left them clinically traumatized. Now they’re back and worse off than ever to catch the crook who may be a lot scarier than just a man in a mask. Campy and hilarious, this novel is filled with haunted houses, lake monsters, underground caves, elaborate traps, and characters’ apparently limitless bad decisions. All these elements combine to make this story fresh yet familiar- all the while keeping it weird and wacky.
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A college-age superfan of a children’s book series finds out that the magical realm from his favorite story is real- but spectacularly more messed up than it sounded. Lev Grossman’s The Magicians centers on gifted student-slash-magician Quentin Coldwater, who’s obsessed with the secrets behind the high fantasy series he adored as a child. But those books definitely didn’t include indifferent gods and anthropomorphic bears taking shots of Peach Schapps- and the world Quentin discovers definitely does. Quentin and his cynical, hard-partying friends fight for their lives, explore the world and themselves, and occasionally make out as Grossman expertly juxtaposes the innocence of childhood with the absurdities and hard edges of the real world.
As strange as these books may sound, the authors’ risk-taking paid off. You won’t have read anything like them.
The Hugo Awards, one the most salient events in literary awards, was beautifully done on Sunday night generating a fabulous fact: N.K. Jemisin who won 2018’s award with her work The Stone Sky (2017) is the first African American female author taking the honors three consecutive years in a row!
N.K. Jemisin released her Broken Earth trilogy in 2015 and the masterpiece won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2016. Her performance of words still danced to 2017 when her sequel The Obelisk Gate won the prize. Now, with her 2018 honor, N.K. Jemisin makes the history. According to Christian Holub’s article, authors like Connie Willis and Vernor Vinge have also won the Hugo Award for Best Novel three times, but in a row. Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead) and Lois McMaster Bujold (The Vor Game, Barrayar) each won it twice consecutively.
The winners of the Hugo Award in 2016, 2017, and 2018 | Image Via Amazon
N.K. Jemisin indeed contributes incredible amounts of work to the field of science fiction and fantasy. In the acceptance speech, she mentioned:
This has been a hard year, hasn’t it? A hard few years and a hard century, for some of us, things have always been hard and I wrote the Broken Earth Trilogy to speak to that struggle and what it takes to live, let alone thrive, in a world that seems determined to break you. A world of people who constantly question your competence, your relevance, your very existence…I’m drawing on the human history of structural oppression as well as my feelings about this moment in American history. What less obvious though is how much the story derives from my feelings about science fiction and fantasy…As this genre finally, however grudgingly, acknowledges that the dreams of the marginalised matter, and that all of us have a future, so will the world.
Yes, as she said, science fiction and fantasy are creating a world and a future where we are going toward. As a literature lover, I believe N.K. Jemisin has successfully embodied the function of literature; she’s created a voice in the change of our world.
The London-based Sky TV & Broadband released its new project of adapting H.G. Well’s classic science fiction novel The Time Machine into television series. According to deadline, Nick Payne, the British playwright of The Crown and Wanderlust, and Kibwe Tavares, the fresh British director of Jonah, will participate in the project.
H.G. Well and his The Time Machine | Images via Wikipedia
Published in 1895, with its unlimited imagination and scientific foundation, The Time Machine revolves around a Victorian scientist who traveled into 802700 when the planet is filled with palace-like architectures and the people are evolved into two kinds: Eloi and Morlocks. The former lives on the ground with small bodies and in fancy clothes; because of pursuing easy lives, the Eloi people degenerate, physically and intellectually. The latter, on the other hand, lives underground with their white-monkey appearance, grey-crimson eyes, and light yellow hair; the group gets used to darkness and only get to the ground in nighttimes. They produce different sorts of products for Eloi who at the end become the food for Morlocks. With curiosity, the Victorian scientist entered the underground world and got attacked by Morlocks.
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Eloi and Morlocks | Image via The Time Machine Wiki
The story has been adapted into small and big screens. The latest visualization is 2002’s version directed by Simon Wells (The Prince of Egypt) and starring Guy Pearce (Memento) and Jeremey Irons (Justice League)
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Sky’s upcoming version is on its first stage. Let’s wait and see how the time machine travels!
Though King himself once said that “The Tommyknockers is an awful book,” the story is still appealing. Set in the small town of Haven, Maine, the fiction is about a long-buried alien spacecraft trying to transform all the people on Earth into their kind via an invisible gas. Gard, an alcoholic poet who is central in the story, appears to be immune to the ship’s effects because of the steel plate in his head, a souvenir of a teenage skiing accident. Without warning, Gard then become the only source of hope on the planet fighting against the alien army. In 1993, the novel was adapted into a two-part mini TV series on ABC with the same name, which received positive feedbacks. In 2013, NBC said they would reboot it, but we’ve heard nothing since then.
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Well, watch out, Earth folks! The green alien army is coming back on the big screen soon! According to Entertainment Weekly, Jeremy Slater, the creator of Fox’s The Exorcist TV series, is announcing a new project of making a film version of The Tommyknockers. Here’s what he said on Twitter:
I’m pretty sure this is the first book I ever bought with my own money. It was 1988 and I was 10 years old. I’d borrowed other King novels from various friends and libraries, but this was the first one that was MINE. 1/ pic.twitter.com/7tcOpizdU6
And when I finally got my foot in the door, I only had three dream projects on my bucket list. One was Marvel (umm…sorry about that one, guys), one was Star Wars, and the third, of course, was Stephen King. Any one of those jobs would let me die a happy man. 3/
In addition to Slater’s screenwriting, the film will be produced by James Wen and Michael Clear, the filmmakers of The Nun and Annabelle: Creation, and Roy Lee, the one who did the remake of King’s It.
With this team of spooks, how can you not be excited about the production!