Bad Lieutenant Duo Picking Up 'Gun, With Occasional Music'
by Ethan Anderton
December 4, 2009
Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans starring Nicholas Cage caught Alex by surprise when he saw it at Telluride, and now the film's producers are riding some good buzz to their next project as THR reports that brothers Gabe and Alan Polsky have optioned Jonathan Lethem's novel Gun, With Occasional Music, which follows an archetypal private eye as he delves into the murder of a prominent urologist. Interesting elements include super-smart children called "baby-heads," evolved animals, erotic nerve swapping, debit cards holding one's karma and a kangaroo that works for the mob. Wait, what the?
Apparently the novel has drawn interest from filmmakers for over a decade so don't get your hopes up just yet. But I'm hoping this one gets off the ground. While I haven't read the book, judging by the cool elements Lethem has introduced in what sounds like an interesting universe, this has the potential to be a great sci-fi flick. Science fiction is a difficult animal for me to love because it takes a lot of detail in the crafting of an alternate universe or futuristic Earth for me to get enveloped in the story. But after Moon and District 9 did so much good for science fiction this year, I'm hoping there's a lot more where that came from. Thoughts?