Richard Matheson's 'Earthbound' Headed to the Big Screen
by Alex Billington
February 10, 2010
Another novel from Richard Matheson, the legendary author behind fantastic books like I Am Legend, The Shrinking Man, and What Dreams May Come, is headed to the big screen. THR is reporting that Matheson's 1982 novel Earthbound has been optioned by Parkes/MacDonald Productions, a producing outfit run by Walter Parkes & Laurie MacDonald, who have a first-look deal at Spielberg's DreamWorks; they also recently picked up rights to the book Eat, Sleep, Poop and the Museum of SuperNatural History adaptation. Ronnie Christensen, of Passengers and some TV movies previously, will write the screenplay.
Earthbound is described as an "erotic ghost story" about a married man who starts an affair with a young stranger, only to realize that she may actually be the ghost of a long-dead woman driven by something more than earthly passion. "A picture of a man obsessed, then possessed, by the ghost of Marianna, a beautiful, depraved woman." Parkes explains to THR: "Richard Matheson's novels and short stories have been adapted into some of the most memorable science fiction and fantasy films ever produced… We're excited to have the opportunity to work on one of this extraordinary author's most intimate and suspenseful novels."
We'll definitely be following this project and will let you know when they attach a director. Who knows how long it'll take to see this get going, but I'm always up for anything adapted from a Richard Matheson work.
I've never understood why it's taken this long for Earthbound to become a movie. I think that Ron Howard would be the perfect choice to take this on but that's not likely now. Spielberg maybe?
Hattori Hanzo on Feb 11, 2010
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