Quick Cuts: Larklight, Lost City of Z

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth, Four Feathers) has signed with Warner Bros. to develop and direct a feature adaptation of Larklight, a steampunk fantasy revolving around a brother and sister who team up with space pirates to save the world. Kapur and Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) will adapt the original novel, Larklight: A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space.

Kapur aced the first Elizabeth but hasn’t followed up with much of anything, though. He stated, "It’s a $200 million project, probably the most expensive film I’ve made and will ever make." And if this bombs as bad as Four Feathers did, you can bet your ass it will be.

The premise sure sounds old-hat, but the setting will be relatively novel as far as big-budget, live action Hollywood flicks go, especially with that kind of budget. Kapur has a strong eye for production design, so the visuals alone could be worth the ticket price. It’ll be interesting to see how this develops.

Variety reports that Paramount Pictures has bought the screeplay rights for "The Lost City of Z," a David Grann New Yorker article about the search for a lost city in the Amazon. Brad Pitt is producing the adaptation for a potential starring role, as Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett, a British explorer who disappeared in 1925 while trying to find the "City of Z."

Doubleday will publish a book-length expansion of "Lost City of Z" in February, 2009.

Posted on April 1, 2008 at 09:20 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Odontomachus
    on 2008-04-04 at 19:00

    Bah! Larklight is a perfectly decent example of Philip Reeve’s writing, and not a bad story on its own (the actual Crystal Palace turns into a mecha, gets up and starts kicking ass towards the end) but the Mortal Engines quartet blows thirty kinds of shit out of it and runs it over with a mobile city. Larklight is eminently readable, but Mortal Engines is fucking stunning, and deserves a good film made of it more than just about any book I’ve read.

    If Larklight does well, it might conceivably be a step to filming Reeve’s better books like Mortal Engines and Here Lies Arthur, but I dunno. It’s a lot more… kiddie than a lot of his work, which elsewhere takes violence and inhumanity to a fine art.

  2. Written by Rachel
    on 2008-06-02 at 20:20

    I’m soooooo excited!!! I would have had no idea there’s going to be a movie if I hadn’t decided to pick Larklight for my book report, and looked it up on the internet. Though I do wish there’d be more information.

    Havn’t read the Mortal Engine series, but I’ve heard it’s a more mature kind of book. Choosing Larklight probably makes it enjoyable for the whole family.

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