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THE LIONS OF AL- RASSAN TO BE MADE INTO A MOVIE [Mar. 10th, 2006|12:48 pm]
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In an exciting deal that may turn out to be one of the most expensive films ever made of a Canadian novel, film agent Jerry Kalajian, of Becsey Wisdom Kalajian, in Los Angeles, in association with Westwood Creative Artists, Toronto, announced that Guy Gavriel Kay's historical fantasy epic, The Lions of Al-Rassan, has been optioned for film by Warner Bros Pictures. The film will be directed by Award-winning director Ed Zwick, (The Last Samurai, Legends of the Fall, Glory) and produced by Cathy Schulman and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Screenwriter Vera Blasi (Woman on Top) will adapt.

The Lions of Al-Rassan is a historical fantasy inspired by the beginning of the Christian re-conquest of Moorish Spain. A triangle forms between courtiers and war leaders on opposite sides, and a female physician, in the fictional setting of Al-Rassan. The Lions of Al-Rassan was published by Penguin Canada in 1995.

Guy Gavriel Kay is the internationally best-selling author of The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire and The Darkest Road (which comprise The Fionavar Tapestry), Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, The Lions of Al-Rassan and The Sarantine Mosaic, (Sailing to Sarantium and Lord of Emperors.) His most recent works are Beyond This Dark House, a remarkable collection of poetry, and Last Light of the Sun, which was published in spring '04. Kay's books have been translated into twenty-two languages; he is the two-time winner of the Aurora Award, winner of the International Goliardos Prize for his contributions to the literature of the fantastic, and a four-time World Fantasy Award nominee.

Zwick is quoted as saying, "He [Guy Kay] has done something remarkable in imagining a very compelling world, which has some basis in history, and yet departs in a way that adds a kind of magic realism."

Guy Gavriel Kay comments from France, where he is at work on a new novel, "I'm very pleased - and happily distracted. These are early days, obviously, and we all know that many film projects start and never get to the screen. Having said that, I am delighted with how this has been set up: the people involved with THE LIONS OF-AL RASSAN are genuinely impressive, they 'get' the book, and they've made large-scale epics before. The scope of the novel won't faze them. Creatively, one of Ed Zwick's strengths has always been, it seems to me, his understanding of how to move a film from the grand scenes to the intimate ones. I think that will matter, with LIONS."

For further information or an interview with Guy Gavriel Kay,
Please contact Debby de Groot
Penguin Group (Canada)
(416) 928 2409

Deal submitted by Debby de Groot on Wednesday 26 January 2005

[User Picture]From: dervishspin
2006-03-10 06:18 pm (UTC)

DARN IT! They are going to screw it up, aren't they???
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[User Picture]From: goldenoak
2006-03-10 10:17 pm (UTC)
That was my exact thought progression. So few book-to-movies fail to dissapoint.

But yet, I hope...
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[User Picture]From: adyan
2006-03-10 06:28 pm (UTC)
Very interesting. I wonder if they will attempt to change the story to be in-line with our world, as opposed to the shadow world that Kay created.
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[User Picture]From: the_smith_e
2006-03-10 06:37 pm (UTC)
Fascinating, BTW is there a particular fighting style you study? I am looking forward to the film.
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[User Picture]From: _lackey_
2006-03-10 07:01 pm (UTC)
For SCA combat, I mostly fight spear, with some combat archery and polearm thrown in. As far as period styles are concerned, there is no parallel. I know some people who have studied german zweihander fighting and the like, but the fact that you cannot chop shields and spears in half reduces a lot of what they teach. My spear technique is very different than period spear work, as I do not work in a block of other spearmen. It is half precision work of getting the stab in the right spot, and half wrestling when someone closes to inside my spear range.

In boffers I fought with everything. Our boffer style took lighter shots than what I have observed from XPI fighters, and seem to take less shots to take us down than most groups. This resulted in a very graceful and dramatic fighting style that was very skill based and very prone to unrealistic maneuvers. Oh, and head shots were allowed.

Long ago I was progressing in Tai Kwon Do for martial arts, but that was shut down when my Master discovered our black market shuriken operation. He did not approve...
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[User Picture]From: the_smith_e
2006-03-10 07:07 pm (UTC)
As you likely guessed, I have been pathetically trying to study the Liechtenauer style.
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[User Picture]From: claidheamh
2006-03-10 06:57 pm (UTC)


Zwick has done some good, pretty thoughtful movies that weren't too Hollywood-ish...
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