Universal Pictures Will Develop a Crazy Sci-Fi Musical Called SPACE OPERA with Producer Colin Trevorrow
Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to the sci-fi novel Space Opera from author Catherynne M. Valente. This sounds like it's going to be a crazy and unique movie! The story has tones of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and it's going to be a musically themed sci-fi film. Just wait until you read this description of the story:
A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented—something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding.
Once every cycle, the great galactic civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix—part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Species far and wide compete in feats of song, dance and/or whatever facsimile of these can be performed by various creatures who may or may not possess, in the traditional sense, feet, mouths, larynxes, or faces. And if a new species should wish to be counted among the high and the mighty, if a new planet has produced some savage group of animals, machines, or algae that claim to be, against all odds, sentient? Well, then they will have to compete. And if they fail? Sudden extermination for their entire species.
This year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick, and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny—they must sing.
That sounds like something that The Wachowski's should be directing! This has the makings of an ambitious and epic film project. I'm curious to see who they bring on to direct it and how they actually attempt to pull it off.
The studio has brought on Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) to produce the film alongside Marc Platt and Adam Siegel.
Are you familiar with the book? Does this sound like a sci-fi film that you'd be interested in checking out?