Director Henry Hobson and Writer John Scott 3 Adapting Isaac Asimov’s THE CAVES OF STEEL

     September 22, 2011

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Hollywood really wants to give you a great movie based on Isaac Asimov’s work.  Bicentennial Man was awful, but I, Robot came closer.  Maybe Roland Emmerich is the man to translate the author’s intellectual science fiction to the screen with his plans for the Foundation trilogy*, but if not, Fox is already working on the next attempt.  Deadline reports John Scott 3 is adapting the 1954 book The Caves of Steel; Henry Hobson is on board to direct.  Both men are coming from a separate career.  Hobson has spent the last several years as a title/credits designer—you’ve seen his work recently in The Walking Dead, Fright Night, and The Help.  Scott is a NASA man—he works with the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, which photographs X-ray photons in deep space.  This really might be the perfect combination for Asimov.  First they’ll work on Maggie, which centers on the prolonged transformation of a 16-year-old girl turning into a zombie.

The Caves of Steel is “a murder mystery that takes place 1,000 years in the future, on an overpopulated Earth where there is a phobia about robots.”  Read the book synopsis after the jump.

A millennium into the future two advancements have altered the course of human history:  the colonization of the galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain.  Isaac Asimov’s Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together.  Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley had little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions.  But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to the Outer Worlds to help track down the killer.  The relationship between Life and his Spacer superiors, who distrusted all Earthmen, was strained from the start.  Then he learned that they had assigned him a partner:  R. Daneel Olivaw.  Worst of all was that the “R” stood for robot–and his positronic partner was made in the image and likeness of the murder victim! [Amazon]

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*Nope.

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