Ray Bradbury’s ‘The Martian Chronicles’ Optioned By Paramount

Posted Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 11:00 pm GMT -4 by 0

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures has optioned author Ray Bradbury’s classic science fiction short story collection, ‘The Martian Chronicles’.

‘The Martian Chronicles’, first published in 1951, chronicles the colonization of Mars by humans fleeing from a troubled and eventually atomically devastated Earth, and the conflict between aboriginal Martians and the new colonists. The book lies somewhere between a short story collection and an episodic novel, containing stories Bradbury originally published in the late 1940s in science fiction magazines. For publication, the stories were loosely woven together with a series of short, interstitial vignettes.

Besides books and comic books, ‘The Martian Chronicles’ was adapted for the early 1950s radio program Dimension X and a 1980 television mini-series. The television version was produced by NBC and the BBC with sometime science fiction director Michael Anderson (‘Around the World in Eighty Days’, ‘Millennium’, ‘Logan’s Run’) and written by well known science fiction author Richard Matheson (‘I Am Legend’, ‘What Dreams May Come’).

No writer is currently attached to adapt the book for the screen.