Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 debut science-fiction novel, Altered Carbon was simply one of the best and most original stories I’ve read over the last few years. It felt like the three-way love child of Mickey Spillane, Alastair Reynolds and that homeless guy down at the local 7-eleven who screams at the fairies nesting in his skull and reeks suspiciously of turpentine.
And now it appears that it may be bringing it’s futuristic brand of crazy to the big screen.
The film rights were initially snapped up for a cool $1 million by director Joel Schumacher and Warner Bros soon after the novel was released, but he didn’t do much with it for a few years. I’m guessing that he was still suffering from PBSD – Post Batman Stress Disorder – and just couldn’t face another story that most likely would involve neon lights. Then in 2007 it was rumoured that WB wanted James McTeigue (V For Vendetta, Ninja Assassin, The Raven) to helm the film instead, but once again, not much transpired.
Now the rights have passed onto Mythology Entertainment, who it appears is actually not in the business of buying something and then not doing anything with it. Mythology was formed last year by producer Bradley J. Fischer as well writers/producers Laeta Kalogridis and James Vanderbilt. Kalogridis will now be penning the adaptation of Morgan’s novel. Her previous writing credits include Shutter Island, Pathfinder, Alexander and Night Watch.
Here’s the official blurb for the novel from the publisher:
Last Updated: February 14, 2012