Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Identity Theft producers have new SF film

Snoot Entertainment in L.A. -- the company that has my hard-boiled SF novella "Identity Theft" under option -- has a 3D CGI SF film called Battle for Terra coming up, and the trailer just hit Moviefone today. Check it out!

(Identity Theft will be live action; proudcer Jessica Wu reports that they're working on concept art for it now.)

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site



At February 19, 2009 8:23 AM , Blogger Evan said...

In SF stories, "Terra" is often used as a synonym for "Earth". But here, "Terra" is another world. So the title is perhaps a bit confusing?

At February 19, 2009 1:00 PM , Blogger Paul said...

Mr. Sawyer:

I run a blog called Marooned - Science Fiction books on Mars and I'd like to do a post about this "Identity Theft" news. Would you be willing to confirm that "Identity Theft," your hard-boiled detective story set on Mars, will be adapted into a live-action, full-length film? Any additional info would be appreciated. Thanks!

At February 19, 2009 1:35 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Hi, Paul. I can confirm that my Identity Theft is under option to be adapted into a live-action, full-length film. That means that the production company has paid me a fee for me to promise not to sell the film rights to anyone else while they see if they can get a film off the ground.

They've renewed their option twice (for a total of three years); I was in a meeting in L.A. not that long ago with a potential director they're considering; they've been interviewing screenwriters to adapt my story; and they're doing concept art (preproduction paintings to figure out what they want the production to look like -- think of the stuff Ralph McQuarrie did for Star Wars).

The producers and I have every hope that the project will actually end up in front of the cameras, but, in truth, lots of projects get to this stage and then fall by the wayside. But we all have our fingers crossed. :)

At February 19, 2009 6:16 PM , Blogger Paul said...

Mr. Sawyer:

Thanks for taking the time to clarify that for me. I have no knowledge of the film industry, so I appreciate the insight. I read your story awhile back and enjoyed it. Please keep us informed as the project progresses. Thanks!


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