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Help Send Algis Budrys’ ROGUE MOON to the Big Screen

Kickstart is looking for development funding for the science fiction feature film Rogue Moon, based on the acclaimed 1960 Algis Budrys novel of the same name. The goal is to create a low budget, high-concept SciFi film that’s “inspired by classics such as Metropolis, 2001 and Bladerunner, using the expressive filmmaking methods seen in films such as Sin City and 300.”

Here’s a synopsis of the film:

2053. The oil has run out. A decaying world is on the brink of total energy war – but there is a glimmer of hope. Obsessive military scientist Dr. Edward Hawks believes a rare fuel found only on the surface of the moon can avert the crisis. Since traditionally fueled rockets are no longer viable, the only hope of reaching the fuel is his unfinished Quantum Displacer – a prototype human teleporter. As each volunteer is transported to the moon he remains trapped in an inter-dimensional Rift- a place where death has many dimensions. As time runs out Hawks is locked in a battle of wills with his final candidate, war hero and legendary test pilot Al Barker – unpredictable, violent and harboring an unsettling but necessary lust for death.

Kickstart is looking to develop the current script even further and is loking for additional writing talent. I hereby nominate Alastair Reynolds, whose awesome story “Diamond Dogs” is the logical successor to Rogue Moon.

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6 Comments on Help Send Algis Budrys’ ROGUE MOON to the Big Screen

  1. Hm. I think that film’s already been done, it’s called ‘Moon’. 

  2. That is just awful. Why do they want to rape the book that way?


  3. Huh? Doesn’t sound much like Moon to me… well apart from the fact they both feature the Moon as a setting… So by that criteria Sound of Music is the same as Where Eagles Dare because they both feature mountains.

    It sounds like an intersting project to me, decent hard scifi movies are few and far between so I am intrigued.

  4. Andy, I was speaking to a lot of the setup and background. Post-oil economy, rare fuel on the moon? That’s the setup to Moon. The rest, not so much, but it has its similarities. 

  5. gary masters // March 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm //

    The whole story is about identity and death and how we preserve one in the face of the other.  This plot is nutso.  Why not just write a story and do it.


    The whole point of a film from this story (the real one) is a graphic version showing the sructure on the moon and what goes on in it.  Metaphor as a visual art.  Possibly like Dali. 


    This “new” plot is pure trash.  I woudl ba ashamed to see it as a movie.


    Another strike for Cordwainer Bird.



  6. Tirebiter in Sector R // March 31, 2011 at 3:47 pm //

    2053? Oil?

    Give me a break. Better still, stay out of the what-if movie biz.

    One of the glories of a RM movie would be putting it in 1959, back when the future had tail fins.

    Another would be the interplay among some of the best s-f characters of all time: Ed, Al, Connie, and Claire. It sounds like you’ve completely missed the point of the book. Budrys was using the genre for his own literary gain, and ours.

    Start over. And please: stay the hell away from Canticle for Liebowitz or anything by Joe Haldeman.

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