posted on May, 2 2013 @ 04:15 PM
reply to post by semperfortis
The SciFi Channel (now SyFy, of course) bought the film rights to The Chronicles of Amber many years ago. SyFy got caught up in delivering other fare
and never made a move toward production, even though Amber was supposed to be on a shortlist of projects in the works. It would have been a 4-hour
Movies might do the story more justice -- say, Clive Owen as Corwin? -- but due to its length it may be better suited to television. It would not be
difficult to add embellishments, as was suggested earlier on this thread; Zelazny left a very big and thoughtfully constructed multiverse for writers
to play around in, along with plenty of interesting characters. It would make an excellent and highly entertaining series, and would rival the "Game
of Thrones" series authored by Zelazny's one-time friend George R. R. Martin.
Unfortunately, due to Zelazny's untimely death his works are fading from bookshelves and he cannot act as his own advocate. Neil Gaiman and Steven
Brust both expressed interest in adding stories of their own set in the world of Amber, Shadow and Chaos. Since Zelazny, however, specifically
discouraged this, the activity of other living authors who would be interested in advancing the Amber epic becomes less likely.
All an awful and even tragic shame, if you ask me. Much of modern scifi and fantasy rests on work, like Amber, created by Zelazny, who was considered
one of the top -- if not THE top -- writers working in science fiction in his time. Could it still happen? I like to think so. Will it? With each
year that passes, hope for this gets a little dimmer. By the way, the faux-movie in "Argo," which provides the pretext for the rescue operation in
Tehran, is based on Zelazny's well-loved and respected 'Lord of Light.' Perhaps that's a sign that not all hope is lost?