Bradley Cooper, der Junge aus „Hangover“, will immer noch an seinem Vorhaben festhalten, die Hyperion-Cantos zu drehen. Dan Simmons epische SF-Quadrologie gilt neben Frank Herberts Wüstenplaneten und Arthur C. Clarks 2001 als eines der ambitioniertesten Werke moderner Science Fiction. Für mich ganz persönlich, ist es sogar die unangefochtene Nummer 1. Wie ausgerechnet Mr. Cooper dem gewaltigen Stoffen gerecht werden will, ist mir völlig unklar, zumal er für mich weder als Filmemacher noch als Drehbuchautor großer SF-Verfilmungen aufgefallen ist.
Dan Simmons hat mir jedenfalls zum Thema (via Facebook) folgendes mitgeteilt:
Hi, Sean — Since all the HYPERION books and a novella in that universe have been SOLD to Warner Bros/Graham King films for development, I’m in the usual midlist-author role of having absolutely no role or say over who does the screenplay or how they do it. I don’t know Mr. Cooper but he says on TV that he and his college roommate wrote a dynamite script for the first HYPERION book. If so, he’ll be the first. When asked myself — which was long ago — I explained that Hyperion: the Novel, consists of six people telling backstories. I would unravel — deconstruct might be the best word — the elements of the four novels and BEGIN with the love of Raul Hyperion for the young girl he’s protecting — Aenea, the messiah of the next step in human evolution — and then their mutual love when Aenea grows up. But, she knows that she has to die horribly to fulfill her destiny and this is precisely what Raul is trying to prevent. How to put in the great pilgrimage stuff and the Valley of the Time Tombs and the Shrike — especially the Shrike — in this re-ordering of the HYPERION CANTOS story arc: I showed them how that could be done. But, I insisted, there has to be a single story line of love and sacrifice connecting any original Hyperion movie with its sequels: I showed them the cord upon which they could string their pearls. No one has listened or agreed to this point — and, as I mentioned, I have no contractual say in anything written or produced (which is probably good) — but I doubt if Mr. Cooper would be as willing to totally deconstruct the novel HYPERION to make it a more coherent beginning for at least three films. We shall see.