The Electric Commentary

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Diamond Age on the Small Screen

Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age is scheduled to become a six-hour miniseries on the Sci-Fi Channel:

SCI FI Channel unveiled a new slate of programs in development, which includes shows from executive producers George Clooney, Darren Star and Mark Burnett. SCI FI made the announcement Jan. 12 at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

Diamond Age, based on Neal Stephenson's best-selling novel The Diamond Age: Or a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer, is a six-hour miniseries from Clooney and fellow executive producer Grant Heslov of Smokehouse Productions.

When a prominent member of society concludes that the futuristic civilization in which he lives is stifling creativity, he commissions an interactive book for his daughter that serves as a guide through a surreal alternate world. Stephenson will adapt his novel for the miniseries, the first time the Hugo and Nebula award winner has written for TV.

Of all the Stephenson novels that could have been selected for adaptation into a series, I find this choice to be the most surprising. It's very surreal (especially "the drummers") and adapting it for the screen will be challenging.

It's also frickin sweet.

(Hat tip, Jodi.)


  • I haven't read the diamond age yet but this has me pretty excited. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot more of Stephenson's books started making it to movie and tv screens. Imagine Cryptonomicon and/or the Baroque Cycle made into an HBO series. Cryptonomicon would have to take up like 2 seasons iteself. It would be pure gold* if it was done right.

    *No pun intended.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 7:18 AM  

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