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I, Robot: The Illustrated Screenplay
     

I, Robot: The Illustrated Screenplay

by Harlan Ellison, Isaac Asimov, Mark Zug (Illustrator), Isaac Asimov, Mark Zug (Illustrator)
 

Numerous attempts had been made to adapt Isaac Asimov's classic story-cycle, I, Robot, to the motion picture medium. All efforts failed. In 1977, producers approached multiple-award-winning author Harlan Ellison to take a crack at this impossible project. He accepted, and produced an astonishing screenplay that Asimov felt would be The first really adult, complex,

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Numerous attempts had been made to adapt Isaac Asimov's classic story-cycle, I, Robot, to the motion picture medium. All efforts failed. In 1977, producers approached multiple-award-winning author Harlan Ellison to take a crack at this impossible project. He accepted, and produced an astonishing screenplay that Asimov felt would be The first really adult, complex, worthwhile science fiction movie ever made. That screenplay is presented here in book format.

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Library Journal
Ellison's script for I, Robot, dubbed "the greatest science fiction movie never made," was actually written in the late 1970s but floundered because of supposed high production costs and other assorted difficulties, which are explained in the introduction. The Citizen Kane-esque plot follows journalist Robert Bratenahl's quest to unearth the exact nature of the relationship between legendary robopsychologist Dr. Susan Calvin and Alfred Lanning, director of U.S. Robotics and Mechanical Men. What he ultimately discovers, however, is so much more. Ellison adroitly borrows subplots from several of Asimov's original I, Robot stories-although the script is more the fruit of Ellison's mind than Asimov's-and along with Calvin are the familiar faces of Mike Donovan, Greg Powell, Robbie, Lennie, and other robots. Ellison and Asimov make a helluva combination, and although Ellison's script may never make it to the screen, having this beautifully illustrated edition of it is almost as satisfying. Perhaps if this volume sells well enough, I, Robot may yet be filmed. Let's hope. Highly recommended.-Michael Rogers, "Library Journal"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743486590
Publisher:
ibooks, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Harlan Ellison has been called "one of the great living American short story writers" by the Washington Post. Known for his Nebula Award-winning novella "A Boy and His Dog" as well as "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" and many other acclaimed stories. As a screenwriter, Ellison also wrote popular television episodes such as "The City on the Edge of Forever" for Star Trek and "Demon with a Glass Hand" for the Outer Limits.

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