Scott Derrickson Directing Dan Simmons' Hyperion Cantos
by Alex Billington
January 30, 2009
Back in April of last year, we announced that Warner Brothers had picked up the rights to Dan Simmons' Hyperion Cantos series of sci-fi books. It looks like they've found their director - Scott Derrickson of The Day the Earth Stood Still most recently. While there are four total novels in the series, Derrickson will be directing a film that combines the first two books, "Hyperion" and "The Fall of Hyperion". The story is set in the distant future, and regards a space war that threatens Hyperion, a planet known for Time Tombs - large artifacts that can move through time and are guarded by a gruesome monster called the Shrike.
In my original article on the Hyperion Cantos, I specifically said, "Dan Simmons' world in Hyperion seems grand enough to fulfill my desires, it will just come down to who they get as a director and whether Sands' script is any good." While I wasn't the biggest fan of The Day the Earth Stood Still, I do think Derrickson has a lot of potential, and if anything, working on that film gave him a chance to learn and develop his sci-fi directing. As long as the script by Trevor Sands is as "coherent and unconfusing" as promised, then we might have the next great sci-fi film coming up in the next few years to look forward to. Thoughts?