Movie News: Chris Columbus to Teach Us HOW TO LIVE SAFELY IN A SCIENCE FICTION UNIVERSE

Written by Kris Heys Friday, 02 December 2011

Movie News

Writer/director Chris Columbus (HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE), along with his production company 1492 pictures, have snagged the rights to the acclaimed novel HOW TO LIVE SAFELY IN A SCIENCE FICTION UNIVERSE by Charles Yu.

Here's the book's official synopsis for those unfamiliar (including, I'll be honest, myself):

'With only TAMMY - a slightly tearful computer with self-esteem issues - a software boss called Phil - Microsoft Middle Manager 3.0 - and an imaginary dog called Ed for company, fixing time machines is a lonely business and Charles Yu is stuck in a rut. He's spent the better part of a decade navel-gazing, spying on 39 different versions of himself in alternate universes (and discovered that 35 of them are total jerks). And he's kind of fallen in love with TAMMY, which is bad because she doesn't have a module for that. With all that's on his mind, perhaps it's no surprise that when he meets his future self, he shoots him in the stomach. And that's a beginner's mistake for a time machine repairman. Now he's stuck in a time loop, going in circles forever. All he has, wrapped in brown paper, is the book his future self was trying to press into his hands. It's called How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. And he's the author. And somewhere inside it is the information that could save him.' 

Columbus and co. have tasked visual effects wiz Brendan Bellomo to direct, making HOW TO his feature length debut.

We'll have more on this as it develops...

Anybody read this yet? Will it make a worthwhile adaptation? Let us know in the Comments below or on Twitter @Starburst_Mag


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