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Altered Carbon movie gets a new mythical team

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Monday, February 13, 2012

Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon sci-fi novel is getting a new shot at being turned into a movie. Mythology Entertainment has purchased the screen rights to the 2002 novel, as well as the two sequels that followed.

Mythology is a new production company owned by producer Brad Fischer (Shutter Island) and screenwriters James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island). All three will work on producing the Altered Carbon film.

Morgan's book is set four centuries from today. Technology gives humans the ability to record their consciousness and download it across light years. When someone dies, be it by accident or murder, they simply have their self downloaded into a new body which has all of their memories up to the last recording prior to their death.

Takeski Kovacs is a ex-special forces soldier who has himself downloaded back to Earth and into a body of a former police detective. Part of the hard bargain that Kovacs has to accept is to find out who killed the last body of a billionaire. I've read the book and it's got a very Blade Runner noir feel to it, with hard-edged writing and a rapidly moving plot that would make for a good movie.

Before Mythology picked up the movie rights to Altered Carbon, they were with Joel Silver (producer of The Matrix and Lethal Weapon franchises.) Silver has his deal with Warner Bros., but his attempts to make an Altered Carbon movie failed to materialize.

-Variety.

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