Warner Brothers Picks Up Hyperion Cantos

If you don’t like Sci-Fi you’re probably all like “whut” and I’m all like “dude” and you’re still like “huh” and then Warner Bros is all “snatch!” and Dan Simmons is all “cha-ching” and then I’m like “NICE.”

The End.

Ok just kidding.

Warner Brothers has picked up the rights to the Hyperion Cantos series of books by award winning author Dan Simmons. Producer Graham King has had the rights for some time, but the complex nature of the Hyperion series made it difficult to move forward. The books are told from a multiple of characters in a multiple of timelines – and that’s always a bitch!

The filmic (that is not a word but I petition that it become one, and hence use it) version of the story will tell a condensed version from fewer points of view. There are four books in the series: Hyperion, Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, and Rise of Endymion.

The books take place in a far distant future where man has spread out across space. Travel is nearly instantaneous thanks to the mastery of singularities – though the initial attempt at stabilizing them resulted in the destruction of Earth in what is cunningly referred to as “The Big Mistake.” In the future time portals allow a single river to cross many planets and huge cables are strung through the portals running what is basically Internet version 2000.1 (get it?) and run by a cadre of artificially intelligent robots.

Of course, the ruling party of the interplantary worlds, the Hegemony, are not quite so nice and that will of course lead to many sources of conflict. So you’ve got all your basics of Sci-Fi covered with the edition of one thing – The Shrike. This is one bad-ass mother [watch yo mouth] who is basically a walking knife. Now, he is humanoid. But he (it?) has four arms. His hands are like scalpels, his feet are cutting blades like a Velociraptor, and he’s got spikey edges everywhere. And he slams people onto a metallic tree and impales them. He seems to be some sort of robot, yet he is organic in origin. Perhaps the ultimate in evolution he can alter space time and move at near light speeds, making him virtually invincible. If you should cut him, he shall not bleed. He sounds BADASS. Watch out, Anton Chigurh, there is a new ultimate bad ass in town.

So yeah basically, this sounds like a complicated Sci-Fi mess of AWESOME. Hopefully this gets pumped with an awesomely sized budget to do it justice. I’m rediscovering my love of Sci-Fi thanks to Firefly on DVD, a love that was wounded deeply by The Phantom Menace and is just now recovering. But this is bringing me happily back into the fold. Sounds awesome to me. Your thoughts, friendos?

Source: Hollywood Reporter


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