Steven Gould's Jumper
is being made into a Hollywood movie with Hayden Christiansen and Samuel L Jackson, and the trailer has just gone live. I'm an enormous fan of the book -- I must have read it a dozen times since its initial publication -- and I've been waiting with crossed fingers for this movie as it inched its way from the news of the option to today. I'm really impressed with the trailer -- it captures that feeling of giddy delight that made the book so fantastic.
The book is about Davey Rice, a kid who discovers that he can teleport. Gould takes this hoary sf chestnut and really makes it work, taking one of the most likable characters in young adult genre fiction and getting him to scientifically test the limits of his powers, while resolving some really wrenching emotional dilemmas and going on an action-adventure that keeps me on the edge of my seat every time.
The movie takes a lot of liberties with the plot, but it looks like there's a lot to love in the story that Hollywood shot, judging by the trailer and what Steve's said. There's a new Jumper book out, Jumper: Griffin's Story, which I plan on reading ASAP, since it tells the story of some of the characters in the film who aren't in the book.
(via Eat Our Brains)
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