Diamond Age miniseries

more torrent fodder! Neil Stephenson’s The Diamond Age is coming to SciFi Channel as a mini-series:

Diamond Age, based on Neal Stephenson’s best-selling novel The Diamond Age: Or a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer, is a six-hour miniseries from Clooney and fellow executive producer Grant Heslov of Smokehouse Productions.

When a prominent member of society concludes that the futuristic civilization in which he lives is stifling creativity, he commissions an interactive book for his daughter that serves as a guide through a surreal alternate world. Stephenson will adapt his novel for the miniseries, the first time the Hugo and Nebula award winner has written for TV.

Could be magnificent, like Dune (so I’ve heard… must torrent!) or teh suck, like Earthsea (which was adapted to miniseries before Goro took his own ill-fated swipe). I’m not sure whether George Clooney as director is a good omen or bad.

To be honest, I vastly preferred Snow Crash (the best cyberpunk novel I’ve ever read) and Cryptonomicon than of Diamond Age. I’d be really excited if SnowCrash was being made into a live series, but let’s see whether SciFi gets DA right before I trust them to do it right. Actually, let the small screen have DA and let’s have SC in the theater where it really belongs.

2 thoughts on “Diamond Age miniseries”

  1. I’m pretty sure Clooney isn’t going to direct – I think he’s just a producer. Either way, I’m not sure how that augurs for this, but the fact that it is a Sci-Fi channel movie isn’t exactly encouraging. Stephenson’s involvement is heartening, but time spent writing the script is time not spent writing his next novel… I’m still looking forward to this, but I’m a little wary. It could be great.

  2. Agreed. I need to scarf down the Dune miniseries, anyway, that will give me a sense for the upper end of the quality scale at SciFi. Unless you count Galactica as a mini?

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