Rumor has it that Dan Simmons
has met with writer/director Nicholas Meyer (The 7%
Solution, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan) in
Los Angeles to discuss adapting Dan’s Hemingway spy
novel, THE CROOK FACTORY, into what is colloquially known
as “a major motion picture.” Rumor also has
it that producers interested in this project have approached
actor George Clooney to star as the 42-year-old Ernest Hemingway.
Gossip in Hollywood is that the future
and fate of HYPERION: THE MOVIE may depend on how well the
movie The Aviator does in coming weeks. No one
is willing to elaborate on why this may be the case.
Word on the street is that ex-PI
Joe Kurtz doesn’t like being rubbed out the
way Dan Simmons recently did when ending the Kurtz
series of hardboiled novels. Kurtz has said something
about venturing from his native Buffalo, NY, to find
the author and “have a little talk with him.”
Current rumor is that Dan Simmons has applied for
entry into the Witness Protection Program.
The offices of Digital Domain –
the mega-SFX company in L.A. – are said to be
the site of a recent meeting between Dan and some
of the officials of that company. Topic of conversation
– the future of ILIUM and OLYMPOS as motion
pictures. Digital Domain, long a giant in the special
effects industry, is now branching out into producing
their own major movies. The meeting was held in “the
Whale” – an amazing structure designed
by Frank Gehry which sits inside the main
warehouse complex of offices – and which reminds
many people of the hull of a ship flipped upside down
and left open-ended. Or . . . of a whale.
Sightings of Dan speeding in a Seal-Gray
Porsche Boxster are said to be greatly exaggerated.
Unofficial word from agent Michael Prevett
(who recently moved from The Firm to help
start the new agency called Relevant Entertainment)
is that a contract has been finalized with famous
director Casta Gavras (Z) for an option on CARRION
The decision on the content and title of the last
book Dan owes to Harper Collins seems to be still
up in the air. Current titles that are being considered
include THYMES CROSSING and KING OF INFINITE SPACE –
two quite different stories – but word is that Dan
hasn’t made a choice of which tale to present to his
editor, Jennifer Brehl, as the possible final novel in his
current contract with Harper Collins EOS.