Paolo Bacigalupi at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
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Paul Haggis Discussed a Possible Cli-Fi Feature titled 'Ship Breaker' with Hollywood Reporter columnist Nick Holdsworth at an overseas film festival -- in Morocco at the Marrakech Film Festival -- that he plans to write the script and shoot it. Dates not verified and release date not certain yet. 2020? 2025? Hollywood projects take time, sometimes 5 to ten years.
At the film festival, Paul Haggis talked about adapting 3 YA books by Paolo Bacigalupi. but he said while two have been published already, SHIP BREAKER and DROWNED CITIES, the third novel is the series, TOOL AT WAR, is yet to come out.
Haggis did not actually mention making 3 separate movies - so it might be one YA cli-fi movie based on the three part series and titled SHIP BREAKER. More news will come out later from Paolo's camp.
Will the movie he makes be a cli-fi movie, as a subgenre of sci fi? Probably, but only in so far as the post-pocalyptic world is post-ice cap melting. Call it sci fi, cli fi, whatever. Again, the studio will decide now to label and market and promote the movie to as wide an audience as possible.
Haggis did not want to go into specifics about new projects, but when he was talking to the HR reporter about his personal interest climate change, he revealed the details about SHIP BREAKER adaptation.
No idea on release date yet.
Would Paul Haggis call the movie he plans to write and direct based on SHIP BREAKER a cli-fi movie? We will have to wait and see what the PR and marketing team do with it in the future, it's up to the producers and the PR people. One suspects that Haggis sees this SHIPBREAKER project as a good story that is in his area of interest. The story is all.
The Oscar-winner will write and direct a film adaptation of Paolo Bacigalupi's novel set after the melting of the polar ice caps.
The book, the first of three in a series by American author Paolo Bacigalupi, is set in a future after the polar ice caps have melted and major cities have disappeared beneath rising sea waters.
Haggis, who has won Oscars for both directing (Crash) and writing (Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby), explained to The Hollywood Reporter he had been attracted by the project because it involved environmental and ecological topics.
"The books are set hundreds of years in the future, after civil wars, after the ice caps have retreated and the world is populated by people who know nothing of our times," he said.
"I liked the idea that you could take that idea [of a post-apocalyptic world ignorant of the 21st century] and explore hopes and fears through that."
Haggis, who was talking in Morocco at the Marrakech Film Festival, where he gave a master class, said that being able to obliquely explore themes that touched on global warming and environmental destruction was one reason the project caught his eye.
"Climate change is a concern of mine, and taking on a film that is not just a narrative about that is attractive," he said, adding that tackling weighty subjects directly does not always work.
"I made that mistake in [2007 crime thriller] In the Valley of Elah — although I think it is one of my best films — but at that time, no one wanted to see it. They did not want to talk about issues that were too powerful at the time."
Ship Breaker will be produced by Far East, set up by producer Philip Lee (The Revenant, Assassin's Creed, Cloud Atlas) and his partner, Hollywood financier Markus Barmettler. Co-founded with Lee's longtime producing partner Markus Barmettler, Facing East is currently producing Peter Segal’s sci-fi action title Inversion, scripted by Paul Haggis. The firm is also developing another project, Shipbreaker, based on the award-winning YA book by Paolo Bacigalupi, which will also be scripted by Haggis, who will direct the project. The company has also partly financed Terrence Malick's Radegund, which is slated for a 2018 release.
Paul Haggis’ ''Ship Breaker'' Sounds Like It’s Going To Be A Massive, Cli-Fi Thriller
Few film categories have become more densely populated in recent years than the Young Adult genre. Seriously, we can only watch the same, sanitized, dystopian world before all of these films start to blend together. It's a hard world to stand out in, but that's exactly what Paul Haggis intends to do. The legendary director recently opened up and provided some insight into his upcoming adaptation of Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker YA series, and it sounds like it's going to be one of the most intense YA adaptations ever.
Director Paul Haggis recently spoke to Nick Holdsworth at the THR in Morocco and provided more information regarding his upcoming adaptation of Ship Breaker. It seems that he found himself drawn to the film project because he wanted to take on a project that would take a hard look at environmental issues and the topic of global warming. At its core, the story of Ship Breaker centers on a future version of human society that has no real knowledge of the events of the 21st century, and such an idea resonated with Haggis and his concerns about these real world issues.
The overarching premise of the Ship Breaker story sounds far more intense than the average YA adaptations that we typically see these days. Taking place hundreds of years in the future, the story centers on a dystopian version of our world in which global warming has wreaked havoc on the environment. Sea levels have risen due to shifts in worldwide temperature, and major cities have vanished as a result of rising sea levels. The story follows a young boy named Nailer who tries to survive by scavenging derelict ships for supplies, while also coping with an abusive, alcoholic father at home.
For Haggis, the ultimate appeal seems to be the opportunity tackle a story about major ecological issues in a way that audiences might actually respond to. This isn't his first foray into the realm of topical drama -- his wholly underrated 2007 film, In the Valley of Elah similarly took a hard-hitting look at the mentality of soldiers returning from Iraq -- but he thinks Ship Breaker could really be a chance for him to frame this particular issue properly.
What makes the prospect of a Ship Breaker film so interesting is the fact that it's a generally much darker cli-fi story than the average YA adaptation. Sure, projects like The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner broach some dark topics, but Ship Breaker is one of the darker Young Adult novel series in recent memory. Much of this has to do with the fact that writer Paolo Bacigalupi is actually known for writing adult oriented material, and Ship Breaker represented his first major foray into the YA world.
CinemaBlend'swill bring you any and all relevant details related to Paul Haggis' upcoming Ship Breaker adaptation as more information becomes available him. At this point only one thing is certain: Ship Breaker could be exactly what the Young Adult genre needs right now. Although the movie probably won' hit movie theaters until at least 2020.