'World War Z' Director Marc Forster Attached to 'Red Rising' Adaptation
After bringing the once worrisome adaptation of World War Z to the big screen last year, director Marc Forster is getting ready to adapt yet another book, this time with a story set on Mars. Deadline has word that two studios are currently in the mix to pick up the rights to Red Rising, the recently released novel from Pierce Brown, which has Forster attached to direct the film. Paramount Pictures is not one of the studios in the mix though, mostly because of the somewhat bad blood leftover after the rocky lead-up to World War Z's eventual theatrical release. So what's this book about that already has Forster's attention?
Here's the official synopsis of the book which was just published last week:
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies…even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
The book is also the first in a planned trilogy, so whichever studio lands the rights may have a franchise on their hands. Praise for the book has compared it to classics like Ender's Game and recent hits like The Hunger Games. Any original sci-fi sounds good to me, and knowing that Forster salvaged a pretty decent movie in World War Z, despite being nothing like the book it was based on, is enough to keep my interest. As of now, the plan is for this to be Forster's next film, so we'll see how quickly a script and cast can come together (after a studio deal is finalized) for it to get off the ground. Interested?