If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Sometimes you hear about a movie in the works that is based on a book and you think, "why are they adapting that?" The flip side however is the occasion when you hear about a book-to-movie adaptation in the works and immediately shout, "why haven't I read this, yet?!" Such is the case with Michael Grant's novel 'BZRK.' The book is currently slated for cinematic adaptation over at Sony with Sam Raimi on board as a producer. Recently Michael Ross ('Turistas') was hired to pen the screenplay. What's 'BZRK' about, you ask? Try this on for size...
"Set in the near future, BZRK is the story of a war for control of the human mind. Charles and Benjamin Armstrong, conjoined twins and owners of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, have a goal: to turn the world into their vision of utopia. No wars, no conflict, no hunger. And no free will. Opposing them is a guerrilla group of teens, code name BZRK, who are fighting to protect the right to be messed up, to be human. This is no ordinary war, though. Weapons are deployed on the nano-level. The battleground is the human brain. And there are no stalemates here: It’s victory . . . or madness."
Seriously? Doesn't that sound amazing? I honestly cannot wait to read this book, let alone see the movie. I'm a little surprised at their choice of screenwriter here. It's not so much that 'Turistas' is bad, it is bad but that's not what concerns me. What is more puzzling is that Ross has only written that one script. He's never done an adaptation before and his overall experience is largely concentrated on the editing side of things. It's not as if experience is necessarily crucial, but it's just interesting that Sony would make this pick. However, this is all a moot point if the project doesn't have the right director. I'm glad Raimi's producing, but it would also be nice to get someone in the director's chair who is adept at the horror genre. I'm looking at you, David Cronenberg.
What do you guys think? Does this concept intrigue you? Anyone read the book that can tell us more? Who would you choose as director?