Hollywood is adapting an Orson Scott Card story about a man who obsessively continues to make music, even though society tells him not to—presumably as a way to work through its need to obsessively adapt Orson Scott Card stories, even though society tells it not to.
As reported on Deadline, Chockstone Pictures and Opening Night Productions—who produced 2012’s A Late Quartet—have optioned Scott’s 1979 story “Unaccompanied Sonata,” with Quartet director Yaron Zilberman set to write and direct.
The story is an allegorical tale about a brilliant child prodigy (of course), who struggles against the laws of his dystopian, controlling society (those are very hot right now), so that he can continue in his lifelong goal to play music based on blowing wind and birdsong (hmm).
It remains to be seen whether the film will draw the same controversy over Scott’s involvement that erupted around last year’s quasi-successful big-budget adaptation of Ender’s Game. There’s also no word yet on whether the movie’s marketing will riff on Ender’s Game’s tagline, “This is not a game,” by branding the new movie with “This Sonata game,” but, y’know, fingers crossed.
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