The Hyperion Cantos Set For Adaptation

Hyperion Front Book CoverThe Hyperion science fiction series by Dan Simmons has been tapped for film. The following news has been made available thanks to Alex over at firstshowing:

The Hyperion Cantos includes four individual books in total: Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, The Rise of Endymion (published from 1989 to 1997). The first book, Hyperion, won the Hugo Award for best novel in 1990 and the second, The Fall of Hyperion, was nominated for a Nebula Award for best novel. You can find the first two individually on for pretty dang cheap. An article on the internet praises the series: “It is rare to find a series of books as imaginative, adventurous, and thought provoking as the Hyperion Cantos Series by Dan Simmons.”

Newcomer Trevor Sands has been hired to adapt the first two books, Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion, as one feature film with Graham King (The Departed, Blood Diamond, Bangkok Dangerous) producing. Apparently Sands won over the Warner Brothers execs by taking a selective approach to the two novels’ multiple points of view in a way that managed to coherently and unconfusingly tell the story.

I am unfamiliar with this series, but love the science fiction genre and am always game for tales from space. Science fiction gives you a blank check to make the kind of universe that you envision, and I find the genre to be a marvelous vehicle for creative storytelling. Mr. Alex Billington is also an individual of refined taste and if he speaks highly of the books, I will give them the benefit of the doubt.

Many of our readers are science fiction fans as well and I encourage you to share your thoughts on the books if you have read them. I love the communal nature of the internet, and I very much appreciate when the educated share there thoughts with the interested. We cannot know everything, but together we do quite well.