Bad Lieutenant Duo Picking Up 'Gun, With Occasional Music'

December 4, 2009

Gun, With Occasional Music

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?

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this is just wierd enough to catch my attention. i really hope this works out

samuel j on Dec 4, 2009


Just read this book a couple months after stumbling upon it at a book store. Great sci-fi noir story &, regardless of the odd synopsis, a pretty straight forward detective yarn. Take A.I. without the robots - replace these with "evolved" animals that talk, grown babies, & drugs (required by the gov't) that erase memories - & throw in some Raymond Chandler. I'm going to keep my eye on this.

dELVIS on Dec 4, 2009


Definitely sounds interesting. I'll have to see if OhioLINK has a copy that I can borrow, because that synopsis is WAY too intriguing.

Corran Horn on Dec 4, 2009

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