by: Madison Barnes
THE FORGE OF GOD, forged (ironically) by human author Greg Bear, is known as an epic sci-fi novel with heart, following the last days of Earth after two sets of aliens converge on the planet. While it’s been in development since 2002, the team of producers (and writer) coming together is what really makes it glisten in the vast universe of movies lost deep in development. Jerry Weintraub and Lorenzo di Bonaventura have decided to combine their titanic Hollywood clout in creation of a “Forge” here on earth, and Ken Nolan, screenwriter of the epic “Black Hawk Down” sealed the deal with Warner Brothers upon presentation of his 70 page treatment. Even better – Warner Brothers has decided to make these stories their next big science-fiction franchise, buying rights to the novel’s sequel “Anvil of Stars” and a third unnamed, unwritten installment. The film is set on an epic scale, and who else would you turn to but the producer of “Transformers” for the action, and the producer of “Ocean’s Eleven” and the original “Karate Kid” for a good story?
Both producers have years of experience under their belts. Weintraub has been around since the 70’s with films like “Nashville,” “The Firm,” “Ocean’s Eleven (all three)” and the original “Karate Kid” franchise. Bonaventura has made huge-budget blockbusters, producing every installment of the “Transformers” series, the two recent “GI Joe” films, “Red,” “Salt” and the recent “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.” If there’s a story about Earth-ending aliens that needs to get on the big screen – these are the guys you’d call! (sorry… not the Ghostbusters)
Greg Bear’s story is closer to reality than we may care to admit. It deals with the the destruction of the Earth and the human venture to Mars. Yes – the killer alien part may be a bit of a stretch, but does anyone really think we’re alone in the universe? And if there are extra-terrestrials, who says they’d be nice?
Interestingly enough, the aliens in this story don’t form a blockade or shoot laser beams at every inhabitant of Earth. They slip into the atmosphere unnoticed and start eating away at the Earth’s core. The only ways humans notice is through extraneous land formations that suddenly appear – such as extra mountains in a mountain range, and other sudden outcroppings that the aliens use to hide their activity. At one point in the story, a second group of aliens aids Earth in its struggles.
All in all, it’s an epic premise that deals with types of aliens we’re not used to seeing, and a story that defies typical sci-fi story arcs. This really could be the next big sci-fi franchise and compete with the likes of the new “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” franchises, but Warner Brothers really has to get this right. Luckily, they’ve got some veteran producers on their hands.