Updates on The Doors of Stone, Snowpiercer, The Magician King and Star Wars

SnowpiercerStill-thumb-630xauto-36253Snowpiercer – Korean director Joon-ho Bong’s Snowpiercer finally had a photo released for it, which at least proves it actually exists. Despite being pegged for a 2013 release, this is the first real bit of media released for it. The featured photo (above) depicts actor Kang-ho Song and his slothlike companion navigating the masses of people crowded together on a train car. The plot of Snowpiercer (based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige) for those who are unfamiliar is:

“The film is set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snow Piercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews.”

With this release on the horizon, it’s a shame that The Last Stand, the English language debut for fellow Korean Jee-woon Kim (I Saw The Devil, A Tale of Two Sisters), started off so poorly at the box office after it fielded fairly good reviews (58% on rotten tomatoes) for an action movie. Chan-wook Park’s Stoker and Joon-ho Bong’s Snowpiercer are slated for 2013, so we will have to wait and see how the rest of the prominent Korean directors do with their English language debuts. Don’t forget to check out some of the cool concept art posted for Snowpiercer over at Hollywood news too. (hollywoodnews)

The Doors of Stone -Patrick Rothfuss did a recent AMA (basically an online Q & A) on reddit, where he answered questions on everything from his preference in storytelling to the function of his Worldbuilders charity. There was even a question or two fielded by Rothfuss’ stellar beard. No real details on The Doors of Stone release other than it has been written and is in a state of revision. It was also mentioned that the book will be equal to or shorter in length than The Wise Man’s Fear. So, we now know that it will not be an outrageously long bible of a book, despite a number of loose ends that need to be tied up before its conclusion. I still have a vague misguided hope that we could see the book in 2014, but realistically expect a 2015 release date (there were three years between the first and second book, so if this trend holds up, it would place The Doors of Stone in 2015). That is just boundless speculation though. We will just have to wait and see. (reddit)

The Magician King – I finally finished the second book of Lev Grossman’s trilogy and enjoyed it much more than its predecessor, The Magicians. I think Grossman really nailed the tone of his series in this entry. I was disappointed to hear that the books, which were being prepped by FOX for serialized treatment, no longer appear destined for adaptation at this moment. No official explanation on why FOX passed on the series, but Grossman himself speculates that it may have been Terra Nova’s failure on the network that was to blame. Truthfully, the mature subject matter of The Magicians would probably do better on HBO, so maybe it will find its way there with the continued success of adaptations like Game of Thrones and True Blood. (avclub)

Star Wars – Even though this isn’t book related, it was announced today that the new Star Wars movie will be directed by J.J. Abrams. I am 100% behind this. Can’t wait for Episode VII now. (ign)

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