Ursula K Le Guin’s acclaimed sci-fi novel The Telling is being turned into a film for the big screen. According to THR, the late author had started working with producers on the project shortly before she passed away in January.
Leena Pendharkar (20 Weeks, Raspberry Magic) is writing and directing, and Rekha Sharma (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Discovery) is set to star.
“I’m honoured to bring the work of one of science fiction’s most esteemed writers to the screen especially in these times when strong female voices are needed,” said Pendharkar. “The Telling is a humanistic science fiction film about a woman trying to find her way in a culture overrun by technology.”
The film is being produced by Bayview Film founder Rizwan Virk (Knights Of Badassdon), who said: “I’ve been a fan of Ursula K. Le Guin’s science fiction and fantasy for many years. Our team had been working on the script for The Telling with her over the past few years, and we were extremely saddened to hear of her recent passing.
“The Telling brings together a very personal story of self-exploration while exploring much broader themes related to science, alien civilisations, religious freedom and technological progress.”
Read the Amazon summary for The Telling below:
There have been eighty requests to send an Observer into the hinterlands of the planet Aka to study the natives. Much to everyone’s surprise, the eighty-first request is granted, and Observer Sutty is sent upriver to Okzat-Ozkat, a small city in the foothills of Rangma, to talk to the remnants in hiding of a cult practising a banned religion. On Aka, everything that was written in the old scripts has been destroyed; modern aural literature is all written to Corporation specifications. The Corporation expects Sutty to report back so the non-standardised folk stories and songs can be wiped out and the people ‘re-educated’. But Sutty herself is in for an education she never imagined.
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