Thursday, June 16, 2011

Producer John Davis talks about challenges of adapting Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles to big screen

Descent by Michael Whelan (1989)
The website recently posted a short but insightful interview with film producer John Davis (Predator; I, Robot), who is working on Paramount’s planned adaptation of Ray Bradbury's SF&F masterpiece, The Martian Chronicles (1950). Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
John Davis: We are working on a bunch of sci-fi. You know, Ray Bradbury. We have been meeting with him.  It is so cool to go to his house. He is so loose at 94. We really wanted to do justice to Martian Chronicles because it is such a great piece of science fiction. I’ve been meeting with writers and there are some really brilliant takes on this and really interesting ways to do this. I think is going to be the most interesting and thrilling movie. I love that. I love sci-fi.
Davis envisions the film as a “summer blockbuster” but “one with a weighty intellectual background.”


  1. Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles adapted as a summer blockbuster? How far have you bend such a thoughtful and poetical piece of literature to fit into this commercial niche?

  2. I posted a link to this interview on my own blog a few days ago. I, too, cringed at the idea of MC as summer blockbuster... as well as shaking my head at Davis's ignorance of Bradbury's real age (90, not 94!)