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.
Neal Stephenson’s 2015 novel Seveneves is apparently heading towards the big screen thanks to Skydance. Not only that, but they’ve tapped the same team behind Apollo 13 to make it — with Brian Grazer producing, Bill Broyles writing, and (of course) Ron Howard directing.
For those of you unfamiliar with Seveneves, Deadline sums it up pretty succinctly:
The 2015 book centers on a catastrophic event that renders Earth a ticking time bomb, and nations band together to devise a plan to ensure the survival of humanity in outer space. Five thousand years later, their progeny — seven races now 3 billion strong — embark on another audacious journey to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.
All of this is still pretty early in development, so things could change at a moment’s notice (and this could all evaporate into the ether), but if the project continues with this team, I think it’ll be pretty awesome.
We’ll continue to follow this story as it develops.