awards ceremony was held at the Seawell Grand Ballroom at
the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. More than 300 people
attended to hear Governor Bill Owens proclaim a “Colorado
Book Awards Day” and to announce that his beloved Red
Sox were ahead in the final American League playoff game going
on during the awards program.
Other guests at the podium during the night,
including keynote speaker Walter Isaacson, author of the bestseller
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, kept updating the crowd on the ball game
score, always with the Red Sox leading the Yankees. When it
was Dan’s turn to come up and accept his award, he said
that he’d been listening to the game on his Walkman
(a lie), and the Red Sox were ahead at the top of the fifth
inning (cheers from the crowd), but that a meteor from outer
space had just crashed down and taken out the entire Red Sox
dugout (stunned silence followed by hisses and boos.)
Dan grinned at them and said, “I'm a Cubs
fan . . . my season is over. Deal with it.” The Red
Sox later went on to lose the game to the Yankees in the last
The ceremony was hosted by former Denver Broncos
player and media personality Reggie Rivers and was brought
to a close by Colorado Center for the Book Executive Director
Christiane Citron. Dan was able to escape with his award and
A WINTER HAUNTING is currently in the process
of being optioned for film – details soon to follow
in updates on this News page – and Dan has been hired
to write the treatment and screenplay in the summer of 2004.
He plans to spend time consulting with his friend Robert Sigl,
German film director who had been slated to direct Children
of the Night before that movie ran into a snag a few weeks
before principal photography was to begin in the summer of
2000. After their consultation, Sigl will be talking to the
producers of A Winter Haunting about his vision of the motion
The option for A WINTER HAUNTING also includes
a holdback on Dan’s earlier “Elm Haven”
novel, SUMMER OF NIGHT, and he plans for his screenplay to
be an amalgam of the two books with totally new elements.
“I have a simple plan for A Winter Haunting,
the movie,” says Dan. “I want it to be the most
original and frightening psychological horror film ever made.”
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OF KALI Announcement
The following formal announcement of
the film option for Dan's book SONG OF KALI is currently
appearing in various film and publishing journals. Darren
Aronofsky is the director of such films as "Pi"
and "Requiem for a Dream".
"Film rights to Dan Simmons's first novel
SONG OF KALI, which portrays a journalist's descent
into horror as he investigates reports of a famous Bengali
poet returning from the dead in nightmarish Calcutta,
to be adapted for screen by Louis Sussman, with Darren
Aronofsky and Eric Watson set to produce, to Protozoa
Pictures; the deal was finalized in conjunction with
Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates and Michael
Prevett with The Firm Entertainment."
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THE MOVIE – rumors and reality
have been a lot of recent rumors and queries regarding the
status of the movie option on the four Hyperion novels. Dan
recently gave this response to some of those queries –
“Yes, Virginia, there is a Hyperion movie in the works.
It has been optioned by a top-notch studio, is slated to be
directed by a top-name director, and already
has the involvement of a top-flight movie star. Screenwriters
have been attached to the project and a first draft screenplay
is expected soon.
The reason the details haven’t appeared
here on this web site or elsewhere is that the studio and
producers have the prerogative of announcing the deal before
anyone else, and so far they haven’t chosen to do so,
although the rumors of the option have appeared in print in
The Hyperion “movie poster” art
used here is a work of art from one of our contributors, an
artist named “Sparth” whose other work and links
can be found at www.cafesale.net.
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movie deal signed with Digital Domain
The following news item appeared in the January 9, 2004,
issue of VARIETY
'Ilium,' 'Olympos' optioned for epic
Bain, Domain plan film on Simmons sci-fi saga
By MARC GRASER, JONATHAN BING
Visual effects facility Digital Domain and Barnet Bain Films
("What Dreams May Come") have optioned author Dan
Simmons' sci-fi novel "Ilium" and its sequel, "Olympos,"
to adapt into a feature film.
Simmons, who will also pen the screenplay, is an award-winning
sci-fi writer. His "Hyperion" saga is a multi-volume
space opera widely compared to the "Dune"
"Ilium," published in July by the Eos imprint of
HarperCollins, is another epic sci-fi tale that spans 5,000
years and sweeps across the entire solar system, including
themes and characters from Homer's "The Iliad" and
Shakespeare's "The Tempest."
"Olympos" will be released in 2005, providing "Ilium's"
producers with a potential franchise.
Producer Barnet Bain brought "Ilium" to Digital
Domain topper Scott Ross. The two will produce the pic,
while Simmons will serve as an executive producer.
Duo next plan to approach directors and create a visual
representation of the book to showcase the cinematic
elements of the novel as a way to land distribution
and attract a cast for the film.
"We're thrilled about working with Dan and Barnet
on this compelling property," Ross said. "'Ilium'
affords us a great opportunity to develop this film
and find a visionary filmmaker capable of handling this
"Ilium" joins several other films Digital Domain
is developing in-house, shepherded by development exec Kevin
Cooper. Facility, currently busy creating effects shots for
Fox's "Day After Tomorrow" and "I, Robot,"
has been looking to boost revenues and expand its efforts
beyond solely serving as a work-for-hire effects shop. It
most recently completed sequences for "Peter Pan,"
from Universal, Revolution and Sony. "Secondhand Lions,"
distribbed by New Line last September, was its first production,
generating $42 million at the domestic B.O.
Bain produced "What Dreams May Come," for which
Digital Domain created the majority of the visual effects
sequences and won an Oscar for its work. His other credits
include the television movie "Homeless to Harvard."
Simmons is repped by Richard Curtis Associates and The Firm.
Molly Hansen negotiated the deal Posted: Thurs., Jan. 8, 2004,