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Old February 4 2011, 02:13 PM   #1
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JMS adapts Ellison's '"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman"

I mentioned it in another thread but noticed that the word doesn't seem to have found its way over here.

On his Facebook page the other night, JMS confirmed that he's optioned and written a screenplay for Harlan Ellison's '"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman". The screenplay has been completed and has been sent out to studios, directors and producers with Harlan's blessing.

Harlan's never allowed this story to be optioned before, despite numerous reprintings and (I believe) a comic adaptation.

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Old February 4 2011, 03:59 PM   #2
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Bring on the jellybeans!
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Old February 4 2011, 05:12 PM   #3
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Five bucks on the table right now that this does not make it to the screen without a Harlan tantrum of some variety.

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Old February 4 2011, 05:16 PM   #4
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Re: JMS adapts Ellison's '"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman"

Interesting. I saw this reported the other day and was curious about it.
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Old February 4 2011, 05:19 PM   #5
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Re: JMS adapts Ellison's '"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman"

I use this joke a lot, but you all owe Harlan royalties for even mentioning him.
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Old February 4 2011, 05:58 PM   #6
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Re: JMS adapts Ellison's '"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman"

It's been years since I read that story; now I'm going to have to go through my HE collection and find it to read again. I don't recall it all that well.

I like Harlan's stories; I hope this can translate well to the screen.
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Old February 4 2011, 06:43 PM   #7
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I'm sure the story's been reprinted many times in other collections, too, but I re-read it in the Essetial Ellison when I read the news. There are a few anachronisms but I think it should translate well for today's audience.

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Old February 4 2011, 07:42 PM   #8
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Re: JMS adapts Ellison's '"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman"

fascinating...
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Old February 4 2011, 09:03 PM   #10
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Re: JMS adapts Ellison's '"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman"

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I like Harlan's stories; I hope this can translate well to the screen.
Not quite the same thing, but you can see Harlan reading part of the story (in a very entertainng manner) on the DVD for Dreams With Sharp Teeth, a documentary I highly recommend to anyone who is interested in ellision, or just writing in general.
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Old February 4 2011, 09:06 PM   #11
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Five bucks on the table right now that this does not make it to the screen without a Harlan tantrum of some variety.

Pfft, that's far too easy.
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Re: JMS adapts Ellison's '"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman"

Interesting. I've never read the short story but I quick glance at Wikipedia tells me I need to fix that.

I'm not surprised that Harlan let JMS to adapt it simply because they worked together on Babylon 5.
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Old February 4 2011, 11:38 PM   #13
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I'm sure the story's been reprinted many times in other collections, too, but I re-read it in the Essetial Ellison when I read the news. There are a few anachronisms but I think it should translate well for today's audience.

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Just went through my collection and found it in Alone Against Tomorrow, 1971, Collier Books. Moving it to bedside for a re-reading.
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Old February 5 2011, 12:13 AM   #14
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I dunno... 10, 15 years ago I would've been intrigued by this, but I'm not sure JMS has still "got it." But if he stays as faithful to Ellison's words and story as possible, who knows? And the original item says the screenplay is finished and has Ellison's blessing, and past precedent (i.e. his 44-year-long temper tantrum over "City on the Edge of Forever") suggests that he wouldn't be happy with a script that didn't cleave closely to his vision.
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Old February 5 2011, 01:22 AM   #15
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Re: JMS adapts Ellison's '"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman"

^Well he recently managed to write a film that landed itself a fair number of awards and nominations and his latest graphic novel literally flew off the shelves, so his career is hardly floundering.
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