Erich von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods Being Adapted
by Alex Billington
March 11, 2009
So maybe aliens really have been to Earth? Paradox Entertainment has acquired screen rights Erich von Daniken's book "Chariots of the Gods". First published in 1968, the book explores evidence that different civilizations were visited by extraterrestrials. It has sold 68 million copies worldwide and also spawned a 1970 documentary. Paradox's Fredrik Malmberg and Mark Ordesky (former New Line exec who brought the Lord of the Rings to the big screen) will produce the adaptation, although no writer or director has been announced just yet. The book's premise will be turned into a big budget science fiction feature.
In his book, von Daniken claims that many ancient civilizations were visited by aliens and even we were, potentially, descendants of these beings. He presents evidence such as an alien astronaut preserved in a pyramid, thousand-year-old spaceflight navigation charts, computer astronomy from Incan and Egyptian ruins, and even a giant spaceport discovered in the Andes. I'm actually excited by this news cause I'm imagining a combination of The Da Vinci Code and Signs, where as one individual begins to discover this evidence, the aliens begin to return again. That idea is already starting to creep me out. Interested?
Reader Feedback - 15 Comments
they are remaking stargate?
Janny on Mar 11, 2009
hahaha i thought the same exact thing: are they remaking stargate
JJJT on Mar 11, 2009
sounds potentially cool. But I'm not sure how much Odesky's involvement is worth, I don't really think LOTR's succeeded because of anything he did other than greenlighting the project.
Timothy on Mar 11, 2009
how about the multi-part episode from Star Trek Next Generations when Picard follows in his mentor's footsteps on an archaeological mission to discover all the races of the space are descendant from one race. thats what it reminds me of. and if its a combination of the davinci code and signs... i might pass, despite how much i love science fiction. the combination is not appealing
dave13 on Mar 11, 2009
I remember my mum going on about reading this book when she was young and how mind-blowing it seemed to her. Although I think we can all appreciate now that it's nonsense, I'd actually be quite interested to see this...
Mathieu on Mar 11, 2009
I'm actually pretty excited about this. When I was in 7th grade, I found a copy of Chariots of the Gods on a bookshelf in the basement of my house. I thought it was really interesting. I'm not sure I believe a word of the theory, but it'd make great sci-fi!
Andy on Mar 11, 2009
I have a lot of mates that smoked too much weed and took a lot of acid, this is the sort of bullshit they love, it's fine if you don't take it too serious, I read 'Fingerprints of The Gods' by Graham Hancock on recommendation by said stoner buddies, similar sort of stuff, aliens, white guys with beards with supernatural Jesusy powers and insane knowledge. Like a discovery channel documentary that last an hour and has no conclusion at the end, 'What if in the next documentary we find the spaceship we were looking for, instead of some well preserved body parts?' ...what if...? Fair play to the dude he cashed in quite well on people's need to belong to 'something bigger'. I wish I did as much coke as the Incans and I'd be designing spaceships too.
Crapola on Mar 11, 2009
I'm a firm believer in the fact that we have been visited by extraterrestrials before written history and up to now. I don't know how they can turn that book into a good movie, but we will see. There is so much evidence from ancient writings, stories, wall paintings/carvings, hieroglyphs, etc that support the theory. It is a theory that I believe is true.
Dan W on Mar 11, 2009
Scott McHenry on Mar 11, 2009
The "facts" in that book have been discredited so many times that you should have mentioned it in your post. I wont be surprised though if we see "Based on true events" line in the beginning of that flick.
Shige on Mar 12, 2009
Could be good. Although its very difficult to identify what really was the original interpretation of these elements, sooo many of them have been spun into similar threads over such a long time, stargate, tng, C. Clarke, Sphere. Its still good source material. Personally, I'd love to see them go the Way of Judge Anderson and Childhoods End. Not terribly original I know, but one of 2000 AD's finest moments : http://www.amazon.com/Judge-Anderson-Childhoods-End-2000/dp/0749319984/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1236877821&sr=1-1
Dr. Duvel on Mar 12, 2009
I would love to see more God after evolution stories. I seriously believe God is an astronaut. I even give him personality. He is a space captain Nemo, Dr. Moro, Wizard of Oz and a Klaatu. I suspect he is the producer of an interplanetary Truman show, where everybody on earth is a Truman. He/they are recording every thought and deed we all do and it's interactive. The "real "humans on Gods home planet watch us and somtimes vote to alter our destiny. Jesus really is Gods son and the muslims are wrong. We all get ressurected and life after death, some via reincarnation other go right to heaven. Heaven may be the name of Gods home planet. How can anybody believe the infinite universe was created? It's total insanity and we should have laws preventing creationists from holding office.
gil on Apr 2, 2009
Nobody really fully knows or understands how and why we came to be, there are many theories in circulation. Though from the research i have done for a fair while now, on all sides and all theories, i personally believe this is the most likely. It may seem crazy or non-reasonable, but that doesn't mean it's not true and plus, there is tons of evidence there to suggest that this is the correct theory, though unfortunately many of it is ignored or suppressed. It explains cultural Gods and mythology. It can explain the missing link. It can explain many things that other theories cannot.
Mars on Apr 7, 2009
Stargate was actually inspired by Chariots of the Gods. So they aren't remaking Stargate they are make the book that inspired it into it's own movie. I've also read that this book inspired Battlestar Galactica, Halo, Alien vs. Predator, the Newest Indiana Jones movie and tones of other sci-fi movies and games.
Brooke on Jul 14, 2009
As Brooke says, Chariots of the Gods was written in 1968, and was one of the inspirations behind a number of television series, including Star Gate and Battlestar Galactica. I've just watched a documentary about Chariots of the Gods, and its mind blowing. Reading the book at the moment.
ManWithSword on Jul 21, 2009
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