It would appear that the recently released Pierce Brown’s hit novel, ‘Red Rising’, is getting a movie adaptation and has Mark Forster (‘World War Z‘, ‘Quantum of Solace’) lined up to helm the project. Since it was already know that he wouldn’t be back for the ‘World War Z‘ sequel, many were wondering what project he may tackle next.
Getting excited about a Forster flick is a questionable call for those who enjoyed the source material. While ‘World War Z’ tore up the box office and became Brad Pitt’s highest grossing film to date, the final result was far from the novel’s original idea. Not only that, but the film was riddled with delays and reshoots. This being the case, Paramount has passed on this film because of their experience with working with Forster on ‘World War Z’ and two other studios are reported to be bidding for the film.
As in most dystopian landscapes, ‘Red Rising’ is the first in a planned trilogy. It’ll be a story of overcoming where you are stuck in life and rising up to better yourself and your people. The majority of comparisons of the novel have been to both the ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Ender’s Game‘ series’.
Here’s a synopsis of the book via Amazon:
“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”
“I live for you,” I say sadly.
Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
Are you excited to see ‘Red Rising’ come to the big screen? Are you looking forward to a fun action flick with hope it’ll mirror the source material or are you willing to forgive that and enjoy Forster’s work?
Source: Screen Rant