Los Angeles Media Fund (LAMF) has acquired the film rights to Ursula K. Le Guin’s iconic 1966 sci-fi novella Planet Of Exile. Being adapted by Daniel Stiepleman, who wrote the 2014 Black List script On The Basis Of Sex which was about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s early years, Planet of Exile is about human colonists marooned on a distant world who must unite with an ancient enemy to survive a new threat ultimately freeing all mankind. LAMF’s Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman will produce alongside Mark Johnson from Gran Via Productions.
Johnson has a long list of credits that include classic films like Diner, Rain Man and The Notebook, as well as Galaxy Quest and a long list of TV credits like Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Rectify and Halt and Catch Fire. Together, Soros and Horsman praise the work of Le Guin in a joint statement:
“Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the world’s greatest science fiction and fantasy writers. She has won The National Book Award Medal for Distinguished Contributions to American letters, considered one of literature’s most distinguished honors, as well as multiple Nebula and Hugo prizes. She is also one of only a handful of living authors to be inducted into the Library of America, keeping company with Melville, Hawthorne and Twain. LAMF is thrilled and honored to bring Ursula’s work to the screen.”
Planet Of Exile focuses on the sociological details and dynamics involved with humans stuck on an alien planet. The human population has been stranded on Werel for 10 of the planet’s years (equating each year on Werel to 60 years on Earth). However, the primary struggle centers on the tribal culture that developed on the alien world between its human colonists, its indigenous humanoids and a third, more primitive group. This is the second part of Le Guin’s Hainish Cycle of novels and stories.
There is no further production dates at this moment but keep your eyes peeled on Geek for any updates on Planet of Exile.
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