One of my most anticipated film projects that hasn't even been greenlit yet is Brad Bird (The Incredibles) live action film project 1906, which is based around the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906. This earthquake absolutely demolished the city beyond all recognition. The film is supposed to be based on the novel by James Dalessandro, and was originally going to be Bird first live action film until Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol came along.
Bird recently gave an update on the film project saying that it hasn't even got bast the story a scripting phase. It's still very early on in development even though he's been working on it for over two years. The guy wants to make, he's just trying get the right epic story together. He once again talked about trying to take on the challenge of taking this miniseries kind of story, and condensing it into a movie length story that can be shown on the big screen. The director goes on to explain...
It's trying to get personal stories in a large event that's historically based. But, a lot of what is interesting about that project is not necessarily the earthquake and fire, it's all the stuff that was happening right before that happened. It's an amazingly, particularly unique moment in that specific place, at that specific time.
I can't wait to actually see this movie happen. This is an incredibly interesting story and moment in history, and to see it brought to life on the big screen will be quite a spectacular experience. Check out the MTV video interview below.
Here's the description of the novel that the film would be based on,
James Dalessandro's "riveting account of corruption, greed, and murder in the City by the Bay" Set during the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, this page-turning historical novel reveals recently uncovered facts that forever change our understanding of what really happened. Narrated by a feisty young reporter, Annalisa Passarelli, the novel paints a vivid picture of the Post-Victorian city, from the mansions of Nob Hill to the underbelly of the Barbary Coast to the arrival of tenor Enrico Carusoand the Metropolitan Opera. Central to the story is the ongoing battle fought even as the city burns that pits incompetent and unscrupulous politicians against a coalition of honest police officers, newspaper editors, citizens, and a lone federal prosecutor.James Dalessandro weaves unforgettable characters and actual events into a compelling epic.