Oliver Hirschbiegel Set to Adapt 'The Dark Side of the Moon'
by Ethan Anderton
September 14, 2010
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?
I'm very interested in this. Psychedelics have this effect on many people, though maybe not to the extremes that it had on the character in the book. They have made me look at the world in a different way that's pretty hard to describe to people who have never done them before. This book sounds interesting, I'm going to have to check it out if there's an english version. Could be a cool movie as well
Dan W on Sep 14, 2010
You NEED to put Downfall in your Netflix queue right now. That movie is excellent.
Kevin on Sep 14, 2010
Sounds good to me :). Some people aren't meant to do shroom but then again who isn't. One thing tho on shrooms when you take them make sure you are in a place that you will enjoy them.
DaftPUNKFAN on Sep 14, 2010
If this guy makes a new "The Wall" with this film, I'll be in heaven.
Johnny Neat on Sep 15, 2010
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