Since there seems to be so much noise these days about the Golden Age of SF, I decided to begin rewatching (or in some cases, watching) classic genre films in order to get a more sound foundation in my chosen genre. If I do this with novels, why not films? In this case, I’m glad that I did. One of my graphic design professors had us watch Metropolis in class. I’d vaguely remembered it as stylish — it’s a fine example of Art Deco design — and only a little coherent. At the time, I wondered why anyone would sit through the whole thing. It made no sense. The professor didn’t mention that the film had been censored. I’m not sure she was aware of how much it’d gotten cut as she didn’t mention it in the introduction. When I looked for it on Netflix, I found two versions. The first claimed to have restored footage and an 80s soundtrack. The second also had restored footage. What I failed to notice was that the first print was one hour and fifteen minutes long. The second? Two hours and fifteen minutes. I recall the version I saw in class was less than an hour. Wow.
Reuters reports through Yahoo AU that the DVD sales of Game of Thrones have crushed a previous sales record for HBO. From the article in question:
Season one DVD sales reached about 350,000 units in the first seven days following its March 6 release, the network said on Thursday. That pace ranks ahead of other popular HBO series including “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City” and “True Blood.”
Cue a geek celebration of enormous magnitude. There is something deeply satisfying about this news. As a fan of the TV series (and, now, the books), I worry about things like ratings and sales. There is so much story left to tell. With so many TV shows coming and going, I’m always afraid that HBO will pull the plug after the second season, or the third, or, dare I think it, the season right before the final moments of George R. R. Martin’s enormous story! That would be awful.
But we’ve got good news. Huge DVD sales. Good job, geeks! Now we just have to wait until April for Season Two…
News has it that Chris Columbus’ production company, 1492 Pictures, has picked up the film rights for Charle Yu’s How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. This follows on the heels of similar announcements for Lauren Beukes’ Zoo City and Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker.
The film will be produced by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), Michael Barnathan (ditto), and Mark Radcliffe (ditto), with Brendan Bellomo (a short film maker) set to direct.
No word yet on when the film will hit theaters, but it’ll probably be in the next year or so.
Congratulations to Mr. Yu!