If you're a fan of sprawling and epic sci-fi novels (and of course you are), then you've probably heard of Dave Simmons' Hyperion Cantos series. But even if you've never heard of it, you will when it hits the screen, and it may all be thanks to The Hangover. No, really.
Here's how we described Hyperion a couple of years back in our post devoted to 7 unfilmable sci-fi books—and the filmmakers who could adapt them:
Set in a far-future universe in which hard SF concepts such as teleportation and artificial intelligence co-exist with philosophical mysteries about the existence of God, the two Hyperion novels play freely with the concept of time travel and galaxy-shaking events, but they also focus on the very personal stories of a group of pilgrims traveling to the title planet.
Sounds, great, right?
We previously reported that Scott Derrkison (director of The Day the Earth Stood Still) was set to helm the project, but that was back in 2009. Now there's a new name potentially attached, and you'll never guess who it is—Bradley Cooper. Yes, he of the baby blue eyes and dimples to match.
Apparently, Cooper is a huge fan of Hyperion and has already written a spec script. It might sound silly, but being involved in a hugely popular comedy series like The Hangover makes ripples even into sci-fi, ripples big enough to finally get this movie made (or at least get the ball rolling again).
The big question is, even if Cooper's clout can get the project the green light, can Hyperion be successfully transferred to film?
What do you think?