On this episode of Nerd & Tie we talk about Amazon developing new TV shows based on Snow Crash, Ringworld and Lazarus to start. We also talk about the new trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising, how the Sonic the Hedgehog live action movie is still happening, Time Lord Expo getting cancelled just weeks before the con, and the sorry state of Wizard World.
Amazon is doubling (tripling?) down on genre shows for their streaming service it seems, as they are now working on adapting three pretty big properties for television. It’s been announced the company is working on taking Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, Larry Niven’s Ringworld, and Greg Rucka’s Lazarus from the printed page and putting it on the small screen.
Stephenson’s novel Snow Crash is, of course, considered a classic piece of cyberpunk fiction. Paramount is co-producing the adaptation, with Joe Cornish and Frank Marshall on board to executive produce.
Niven’s Ringworld is more of a classic science fiction tale, set in the distant future where a ring-shaped world is discovered beyond “known space.” MGM is co-producing Ringworld.
Lazarus is a comic written by Greg Rucka and drawn by Michael Lark. Set in a dystopian future where the world is divided into territories ruled by 16 families, each family has a “Lazarus” — a highly trained killer who fights a family’s wars and stops uprisings. Rucka will write the series and executive produce alongside Michael Lark and Angela Cheng Caplan.
21 Laps, the company behind Stranger Things and Arrival, is hard at work on another scifi project – an adaptation of Larry Niven’s short stoty Inconstant Moon. Inconstant Moon, which won the 1972 Hugo for best short story, focuses on a couple dealing with their relationship issues during an apocalyptic event.
Y’know, fun stuff.
Daniel Casey is writing the script, and James Ponsoldt is currently directing. 21 Laps’s Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen are producing, along with Ponsoldt under his 1978 Pictures banner. Personally, I think this could be pretty cool (assuming it gets out of development), as more intimate stories set in extraordinary circumstances can sometimes be some of the best.