Friday, December 19, 2008

"Bashir" director eyes sci-fi adaptation

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – The director of the Israeli war cartoon "Waltz With Bashir" is developing a sci-fi project.

Ari Folman has acquired rights to "The Futurological Congress," a short story from science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem, and intends to write the screenplay and shoot the movie as a live-action/animated hybrid.

"Congress" is set in a futuristic world in which everything appears to glisten -- there is an abundance of money and good feeling -- but which turns out to have a dark, drug-infused underbelly.

Folman plans on beginning the movie with live-action, then add his signature dreamlike animation. "Think of your favorite young actress. She'll appear that way at the beginning, and then as the film goes on, she'll be drawn like she's 50," the Israeli helmer said.

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