Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles is a weird beast, because it’s a collection of short stories that tell the long tale of humanity’s attempts to colonize Mars, and the Martians’ attempts to get rid of us. It’s brilliant science fiction, and it has been previously adapted into a fun TV miniseries, which feels like the right medium for it.
But that hasn’t stopped folks from trying to do The Martian Chronicles as a movie, with Spielberg himself at one time trying to make it happen. The latest comer: John Davis, the guy who produced Predator and Three O’Clock High... and almost nothing watchable since then. Seriously, check out his IMDB for three decades of horse shit. Possibly literally, as he produced the Dr. Doolittle movies.
Anyway, according to The Hollywood Reporter Paramount has picked up the rights to the book and Davis will be producing. Maybe the Martians will all be adorable talking animals, and Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson will play madcap astronauts. Astronuts!
BTW, can someone confirm this: did the original Battlestar Galactica toy line include a V-headed Martian from the TV series of The Martian Chronicles?