Oliver Hirschbiegel Set to Adapt 'The Dark Side of the Moon'
Though I've failed to see his much praised chronicle of the final days of Adolf Hitler in Downfall, German director Oliver Hirschbiegel certainly impressed me with last year's thrilling drama Five Minutes of Heaven. Therefore, it's certainly exciting to hear from Variety that the filmmaker is now set to direct an adaptation of author Martin Suter's novel Die dunkle Seite des Mondes (or The Dark Side of the Moon). Writer David Marconi (Live Free or Die Hard) will pen the Pink Floyd worthy screenplay which tells the story of a successful attorney whose life is turned upside down after a mind-opening mushroom trip.
His drug induced state results in a realization that all he has strived for has ceased to make sense, and thus, he begins to withdraw from society. The world is already a crazy and scary place without the addition of a mushroom drug trip, so I'm definitely interested to see if Hirschbiegel intends to represent the effects of mushrooms visually or just let his actors do the work. I'm also wondering if Pink Floyd's signature album will end up making it into the film's soundtrack at all. Apparently casting announcements are expected sometime in the next few weeks but shooting on the Millbrook Pictures project isn't set to begin until sometime next spring in various locations like Switzerland, Germany and France. We'll keep you posted as this project develops. Interested?