Award-Winning Novelist Zadie Smith to Write a Space Opera Film

Monday, 29 June 2015 - 10:47AM
Monday, 29 June 2015 - 10:47AM
Award-Winning Novelist Zadie Smith to Write a Space Opera Film
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In her screenwriting debut, acclaimed author Zadie Smith will team up with husband Nick Laird and French filmmaker Claire Denis to write a sci-fi film. Plot details are mostly being kept under wraps, but the project is described as an "adventure film," the movie will take place in space outside of our solar system, in "a future that seems like the present."

Smith is a well-known British author, with her first novel, White Teeth, winning numerous awards and becoming a bestseller back in 2000. Her second and most well-received novel, On Beauty, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction. White Teeth was adapted into a 4-part miniseries on Britain's Channel 4, while a film adaptation of On Beauty by Kasi Lemmons is currently in development. 

Smith will write the script along with her husband, Nick Laird, an Irish novelist and poet who has also won numerous literary awards, and Claire Denis, a French filmmaker whose debut film, Chocolat, was screened at Cannes and was nominated for a Cesar, the French equivalent of an Oscar. This will mark Denis's English-language debut, as well as a significant departure from the content of Denis's previous works, as she usually produces dramas that deal with themes of colonialism. But sci-fi works can often draw parallels to real-world social issues, so it's possible that the film will use the concept of space colonization to make a point about the power dynamics between colonists and indigenous populations.

Via Indiewire.
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