The rights to The Martian Chronicles have been picked up by Fox, and in particular they’ve been snagged by John Davis. Which John Davis would that be, out of the seventy-eight John Davises listed on Wikipedia? Oh, it’s the one who was also producer of I, Robot. If you’re feeling a pain behind your eyes like a barbed ice pick was shoved up your sinuses, then you read that right.
I’m not quite sure exactly how angry to be on a scale of “oh my god you killed Kenny” to “in this life or the next, I will have my vengeance” because John Davis was also producer of the original Predator. Of course, his quality dropped off precipitously, since Predator was his first producer credit and the next 91 include such gems as Alien vs. Predator and several Eddie Murphy films from the fat suit era. 91! And he’s got another 27 listed as “in development.” This guy makes more movies than the camera at 7-11.
So help me, I’m one more “aw hell naw” away from starting to burn books. Because if all the books are gone, then the bad men can’t hurt them anymore. Close your pages, sweet stories, it will only hurt for a moment and then you’ll all be angels.