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Best News I’ve Heard All Week- JMS Adapting Classic Ellison Story for the Big Screen

J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Amazing Spider-Man, Thor) is apparently shopping his adaptation of  Unca Harlan’s “Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Tictockman as a feature film.

Harlan Ellison J. Michael Straczynski Repent Harlequin Ticktockman“Since this has apparently leaked onto several film-oriented websites, I should probably confirm the information and preclude distortion: I have optioned, and adapted into screenplay form, Harlan Ellison’s “Repent Harlequin, Said the Ticktockman.” It’s out to producers, studios and directors now. We hope to find a director who has always wanted to make this story into a movie. More as, if and when it develops.”

Ellison’s most beautifully written ode to free-will and non-conformity, “Repent Harleqiun!” was first published in 1965, has been re-published and translated in dozens of editions, and won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, science fiction’s two most prestigious.  It’s a humorous SF romp, with little linear storytelling.  Not necessarily standard Hollywood fare, but it could be phenomenal if executed well.

Searching around the webs about this story (which FP customer and fellow Ellison fan Michael Skloff hipped me to) I came across a good point made by Devin Faraci of Badass News:

It’ll be intriguing… what name the purchasing studio slaps on the film. No way they’re releasing it with a title that interesting. It’ll probably end up called On The Clock or Out Of Time or something.

To whatever suit gives the greenbacks and the green light  to this film- kudos and have a bag of jellybeans on me.

To whatever suit slaps such a title on this film- GET STUFFED!

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2009 Hugo Award Winners.


Presented in Montreal over the weekend, Science Fiction’s version of The Eisners or The Oscars with toastmasters Julie Czerneda, and  translation by Yves Meynard.  Presented below here are all the award winners:

  • Best Novel: The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK)
  • Best Novella: “The Erdmann Nexus”, Nancy Kress (Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2008)
  • Best Novelette: “Shoggoths in Bloom”, Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s Mar 2008)
  • Best Short Story: “Exhalation”, Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)
  • Best Related Book: Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008, John Scalzi (Subterranean Press)
  • Best Graphic Story: Girl Genius, Volume 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones, Written by Kaja & Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: WALL-E Andrew Stanton & Pete Docter, story; Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon, screenplay; Andrew Stanton, director (Pixar/Walt Disney)
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Joss Whedon, & Zack Whedon, & Jed Whedon, & Maurissa Tancharoen, writers; Joss Whedon, director (Mutant Enemy)
  • Best Editor Short Form: Ellen Datlow
  • Best Editor Long Form: David G. Hartwell
  • Best Professional Artist: Donato Giancola
  • Best Semiprozine: Weird Tales, edited by Ann VanderMeer & Stephen H. Segal
  • Best Fan Writer: Cheryl Morgan
  • Best Fanzine: Electric Velocipede edited by John Klima
  • Best Fan Artist: Frank Wu

And the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (presented by Dell Magazines): David Anthony Durham

Congratulations to Mr. Gaiman, Mr. Scalzi, Mr. Stanton, and the Whedon family. In our honest opinion, you all can’t get enough awards.

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