Fox acquires rights to The Fireman

Fox has acquired rights to Joe Hill’s forthcoming novel The Fireman, to be published by Gollancz in hardback on the 7th June 2016. Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans, Now You See Me) is said to be down to direct it. Temple Hill partners Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen (the Twilight saga, The Maze Runner, The Fault in our Stars) are said to be producing the film. With the epic scope of The Passage and the emotional impact of The Road, The Fireman is a gripping end-of-the-world thriller. Set in a world overtaken by an incurable runaway pathogen that causes…

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Best Films of 2015

Gollancz Editorial Manager Charlie gives his rundown on the best films of last year, based on UK cinema release dates. Honourable Mentions: Big Hero 6, Sicario, Song of the Sea, Tangerine, Wild 20. Dope (dir. Rick Famuyiwa) Wonderfully energetic and freewheeling, with one of the few good uses of a voiceover in a non-Scorsese film, and it was nice to see Tony Revolori again after The Grand Budapest Hotel. 19. Clouds of Sils Maria (dir. Olivier Assayas) One of those fascinating character studies where the lines betwen fact and fiction are hazy throughout. Easily Kristen Stewart’s best role to date,…

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Blood Music

By Gareth Powell The other night, I watched Lucy, the 2014 film written and directed by Luc Besson. It starred Scarlett Johansson as the titular character: an American student coerced into becoming a drug mule, only to become something much stranger when her body starts absorbing the experimental substance carried in her stomach. In this way, the film bears a superficial similarity to the 2011 movie, Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper as a deadbeat writer whose life gets turned around when he ingests a tablet that unleashes his full inner potential. Both movies make use of the myth that human being…

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My Awful Experiences During the Making of Fallen Soldiers: A Guest Post by Gavin G. Smith

We are delighted to welcome Gavin G. Smith back to the Gollancz Blog. Gavin G. Smith is the author of many brilliant SF books, most recently A Quantum Mythology. But this is not a blog post about Gavin G. Smith author, this is a blog post about Gavin G. Smith zombie.  My Awful Experiences During the Making of Fallen Soldiers (Or the misadventures of a hapless author at the hands of evil film makers.) So I’m in a Napoleonic zombie film.  I didn’t mean to be.  This is how it happened. This is Bill Thomas: Sorry, that’s Bill Thomas dressed…

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Max and Me: A Guest Post by Jon Wallace

We are delighted to welcome Jon Wallace back to the Gollancz Blog. Jon Wallace joins us to discuss Mad Max: Fury Road. Warning, spoilers are ahead. When my debut novel, Barricade, was published last year, a few people were kind enough to compare its exhaust-choked action with the ‘Mad Max’ films. Therefore this month, with the publication of book two in the trilogy, Steeple, the good people at Gollancz suggested I write something about Mad Max: Fury Road. I thought it might be fun to compare it to one of the older films. I dismissed two right away: the original…

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