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Adaptation Watch: Paramount Pictures Wants to Film Alfred Bester’s THE STARS MY DESTINATION

Good news for classic science fiction fans: Paramount Pictures is currently in talks to acquire feature film rights for the Alfred Bester’s novel The Stars My Destination.

The Stars My Destination is a science fiction classic that was originally serialized in the pages of Galaxy Magazine in late 1956 under the title “Tiger! Tiger!” — a reference to both the tattoo worn my its main protagonist, Gully Foyle, and the William Blake poem “The Tyger”, the first stanza of which prefaces the book.

The story of The Stars My Destination follows Gulliver “Gully Foyle on his quest for revenge against the people who left him stranded and alone on a derelict spaceship. In that regard, the story can be seen as a futuristic retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo, although Bester said the premise was inspired by a National Geographic article he read about a shipwrecked man ignored by passing ships for fear of it being a trap. In his story, Bester fleshes out an intriguing futuristic society where “jaunting”, a means of personal teleportation via mental control, is possible. That has some interesting implications of life in such a society — impacts which Bester does a great job depicting.

It’s obviously too early to see any stars attached to the project, but that doesn’t make the news any less exciting for fans of the book, like myself.

[hat-tip Paul Di Filippo]

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3 Comments on Adaptation Watch: Paramount Pictures Wants to Film Alfred Bester’s THE STARS MY DESTINATION

  1. This is one of my favorite novels. I’m curious to see how they would adapt it.

  2. It’s been optioned numerous times, but has never managed to get out of Development Hell.

  3. BBC Radio already did it.

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