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Amazon Studios to adapt Iain M. Banks’ space-opera Culture novel, a ‘huge personal favorite’ of Jeff Bezos
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Amazon Studios to adapt Iain M. Banks’ space-opera Culture novel, a ‘huge personal favorite’ of Jeff Bezos

Iain M. Banks’ sweeping Culture science-fiction e book collection lastly has a video dwelling.

Amazon Studios announced this morning it’s acquired the worldwide tv rights to the primary novel, Contemplate Phlebas. Amazon stated it’ll adapt the e book for a tv collection on Prime Video. Dennis Kelly, who wrote the British TV collection Utopia, will do the variation, and Plan B Leisure, recognized for World Struggle Z and 12 Years a Slave, will produce.

Contemplate Phlebas was Banks’ first science-fiction novel and commenced the saga of the utopian interstellar society often known as the Culture. Within the books, the Culture finally ends up at conflict with the deeply non secular, warlike Idirans. The story in Contemplate Phlebas follows a rogue agent tasked by the Idirans to seize a lacking Culture synthetic intelligence — which can be sufficient to wipe out the progressive society.

Completely satisfied to announce that Amazon Studios is adapting Iain M. Banks’ wonderful Culture collection — a large personal favourite — as a TV collection. Can’t wait! https://t.co/wgEmv65Pm3 pic.twitter.com/NhCGUyRt2L

— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) February 21, 2018

Whereas the primary novel was revealed in 1987, it’s by no means been introduced to the display screen. “Iain Banks has lengthy been a hero of mine, and his innate heat, humor and humanism shines by means of these novels,” stated Dennis Kelly in Amazon’s announcement. “Removed from being the dystopian nightmares that we’re used to, Banks creates a type of flawed paradise, a society actually price combating for — somewhat than a warning from the longer term, his books are a beckoning.”

Amazon has not stated when the video adaptation will likely be accessible for streaming.

The Scottish-born Banks, who died in 2013, had a dual writing career. As “Iain M. Banks,” he wrote science fiction, together with 9 Culture books. As “Iain Banks,” he authored extra mainstream books, and wrote greater than 27 novels in all.

Area opera, an adventure-filled, galaxy-spanning sub-genre of science fiction, appears to be rocketing in current reputation. James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse has been a hit for SyFy (it additionally streams on Amazon Prime) and is getting into its third season. Netflix just lately launched the collection Altered Carbon, based mostly on the action-packed novel of the identical title.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos isn’t the one billionaire fan of Banks’ work. Elon Musk, a rival in area to Bezos’ Blue Origin, named two of SpaceX’s drone ships after the sentient starships within the Culture collection: “Of Course I Nonetheless Love You” within the Atlantic, and “Simply Learn the Directions” within the Pacific. One other SpaceX drone ship, to be named “A Shortfall of Gravitas,” is underneath building to be used on the East Coast. Within the Banks novels, the starship was known as “Experiencing a Important Gravitas Shortfall.”

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