Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov’s next movie, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, doesn’t arrive in cinemas until August, but it seems he’s already looking ahead to what he might want to make after that, as Variety reports that he has picked up the rights to Stephen Tunney’s 2010 novel, One Hundred Percent Lunar Boy.
The unusual storyline is set two thousand years in the future, when Mankind has abandoned plan to terraform on the Moon, leaving it and its colonists to their own fate. One of the inhabitants is Hieronymous Rexaphin, who developed a condition that allows him to see a fourth primary colour, which somehow means he can also see the future of all time and matter. If that weren’t enough to be dealing with he also has to wear goggles, because looking into his eyes kills people, which causes problems when he falls in love with an Earth-girl called Windows Falling On Sparrows. Together the pair must go on the run to avoid incarceration on the dark side of the moon.
It’s the sort of story that has the potential for an inventive and idiosycratic movie, but which could easily end up looking silly and ill-though out. Edward Ricourt (the upcoming Now You See Me) is the man charged with trying to turn the book into a workable screenplay. Good luck to him as it’s going to be a tough job.