Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin's Nine Lives getting film adaptation

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Aug 15, 2018

The rarely adapted queen of science fiction Ursula K. Le Guin has one of her most hardcore stories (at least in terms of commitment to the sci-fi) heading to the big screen. This comes after the author’s recent death, which kicked off a new string of projects based on her work — including one announced today adapting her novelette Nine Lives.

According to Deadline, the story — which is a dark workplace comedy following a pair of moon-dwelling drillers who meet their new co-workers: 10 clones — will be adapted into a film by actor/writer Tom Basden and Siri Rodnes, who will co-write and direct.

Both filmmakers have been nominated for BAFTAs and bring much-needed skills to the table as far as genre-based workplace comedies and Le Guin go. Basden is known best for acting in and writing the ancient Rome-based comedy Plebs, while Rodnes has studied under Ex Machina producer Andrew Macdonald and adapted a Le Guin short story while at film school.

This is when Rodnes began a relationship with the author (who originally published the Moon-like Nine Lives in Playboy in 1968), allowing her to do what few have done — adapt one of the greatest sci-fi writers of all time. The last time one of Le Guin’s works hit the big screen was in 2006, when Studio Ghibli adapted Tales From Earthsea.

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