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Asimov’s End of Eternity May Come to the Big Screen

May 4, 2009

According to Variety, State Of Play and The Last King Of Scotland director Kevin Macdonald has signed a deal with New Regency to bring Isaac Asimov’s 1955 novel The End Of Eternity to the big screen. Prolific author and Science Fiction Grand-Master, the late Dr. Asimov holds the Guinness record for most published works and is the only author to have a book in every Dewey decimal category!

The End Of Eternity is a complex time travel tale about a secret organization called ‘Eternity’ that has developed time travel technology and uses it to constantly interfere with the Earth’s timeline to prevent disasters, avert tragedies, and keep the world at peace. The problem is, they can only travel so far into the future. Past a certain point, they cannot go farther. Eventually it’s revealed that Eternity’s efforts to keep the world happy & at peace cause the human race to stagnate and not progress, and this causes humanity to get wiped out. To save humanity they ultimately have to go back in time and prevent Eternity from being founded, thus wiping out all the changes that Eternity had done over the years. Can they succeed? There is even a (small) romance that can be played up for the film version. A romance of any kind is a rarity for an Asimov story. The End of Eternity is about people and peril and may translate much better than I, Robot ever would have, no matter the production.

Macdonald won’t be starting the project right away, though, he’s currently working on Eagle Of The Ninth, a second-century Roman military drama. But let’s hope Eternity doesn’t fall by the wayside and it’s done well.

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