The last few years have been filled with movies that brought the cosmos to us, usually in the form of one sort of nasty alien race or another that wants to take our stuff or explore our asses. As that tide seems to wane a little bit, a new trend seems to be that movies will continuing showing us what the cosmos has to offer, but by taking us into them instead. Films like Gravity, After Earth, both of the upcoming Wachowski films, and of course the eventual Avatar and Star Trek sequels suggest we’ll be exploring the exciting and the cerebral sides of the stars frequently over the next few years. And now with his acquisition of One Hundred Percent Lunar Boy, Russian Night/Day Watch director Timur Bekmambetov will be helping to shepherd a more moon-centric trip to the stars onto the screen.
While there’s no suggestion at all that he (or anyone else specific) will be directing the film, the man behind Wanted and the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has used his Bazelevs production company to buy the book and set up a writer, Edward Ricourt, to adapt it.
While the simply synopsis Variety and others are sharing sounds a lot like a Moon-based Let The Right One In, reading the full synopsis of the book reveals a much more bizarre set-up. Author “Dogbowl” has only written two books in twenty years, but they’re both influenced by surrealism, which seems quite apparent for One Hundred Percent Lunar Boy.
Two thousand years in the future, the Moon has become a run-down experiment in terraforming and colonization with a dusty patina and a bright red sky. To sixteen-year-old Hieronymus Rexaphin, it is the only world he has ever known until he meets a girl from Earth called Windows Falling on Sparrows, who is inexplicably drawn to him because of his special–some say dangerous–condition. Hieronymus is a One Hundred Percent Lunar Boy who can see the fourth primary color, which gives him the ability to see the future path of time and matter. To look into his eyes will cause madness or even death, authorities say, so he is forced to wear goggles at all times. The color of his eyes is against Lunar law, and some say against nature. After breaking the Moon s most serious law and exposing his eyes to the curious young Earth girl, Hieronymus embarks on a tremendous misadventure to protect his friends and save his family, and to escape exile and imprisonment on the far side of the moon.
The adapting writer is untested, and your guess is as good as mine on whether Bekmambetov is even considering directing (much less planning on it), but all of those things aside… yeah, I’d like to see this movie. The challenge of visualizing a fourth, unseen color is fascinating enough on its own, and a hero named Hieronymus is never bad thing. I just hope we actually hear more about this project, and it doesn’t just sit as stalled acquisition for years and years.
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