Saturday, December 3, 2011

1492 Learns "How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe"

1492 Pictures confirm they have picked up film rights to author Charles Yu's 2010 debut novel "How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe". The novel revolves around a search for a father and the father-son relationship. It also includes themes about life and how we live especially with respect to time, memories and creation of the self.

Former VFX Supervisor Brendan Bellomo will direct for producers Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe :

'Charles Yu', a 'time machine' mechanic lives in his 'TM-31' time machine with his dog 'Ed' and the time machine's depressed computer, 'TAMMY'. Yu travels through 'Minor Universe 31' fixing time machines of people who try to fix the past. Yu visits a girl who traveled to be with her grandmother as she died. Yu explains to her that because she wasn't present when it happened, she cannot stay. Yu is then called in by his boss, 'Phil', to have his time machine serviced. He walks around in the city while his TM-31 is being repaired and visits his mother who is in a time loop in which she continually replays an hour of her life. He watches a holographic version of himself and his mother interact as she serves dinner. The next day Yu rushes back to his time machine, sees his future self exit his machine, and shoots his future self. As his future self is dying, the future self gives Yu a book and says that the book is the key. By shooting himself, Yu has entered a loop in which he must eventually travel back in time, hand his past self the book, and get shot..."

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