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Proyas Tackles the Tripods

By TK Burton | Industry | October 14, 2009 |

By TK Burton | Industry | October 14, 2009 |

Has anyone read John Christopher’s Tripods trilogy? I wonder how widely read it is these days. I read it a million years ago (OK, more like 20 years ago), but I remember it being an engaging and actually quite thrilling series of books. The novels (“The White Mountains,” “The City of Gold and Lead,” and “The Pool of Fire”), actually written by Samuel Youd (Christopher is one of his many pseudonyms), concerned a post-apocalyptic world where humanity has been conquered by unseen aliens who rule via giant three-legged machines called “tripods” (clearly inspired by War of the Worlds, though not the one featuring aliens that died from catching a cold, fuck you very much Mr. Spielberg). At the age of 14, humans are made to wear “caps” that suppress individual thought and turn them into automatons. A group of young teens rebel against the idea of being capped, and escape towards adventure and freedom. They were, from what I recall, great books.

Well, according to Digital Spy, Alex Proyas is set to direct the trilogy. It seems in theory to be a perfect vehicle for Proyas, if he can move closer to his roots (The Crow, Dark City) and away from the flawed blockbusters he’s been cranking out as of late (I, Robot or, God help us, Knowing). He’s got the capacity to film some amazing set pieces and beautiful atmospheres, and given the right writing and some flexibility, he might be a great fit for the material. The trilogy has previously been adapted into a BBC TV series in the mid-to-late ’80s, which I never saw. Anyone got an opinion on those? Worth tracking down?

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