Ari Folman for Congress
Ari Folman, director of the sublime Waltz with Bashir is looking set to tap into the power of animation once again, as he’s slated to write and direct a live action/animation crossover of Stanislaw Lem’s short story “The Futurological Congress” for the big screen.
Congress is the story of a seemingly utopian society with a dark underbelly of drugs and prejudice, and Folman’s ideas sound like they’re going to do justice to the scale of the story: “Think of your favorite young actress. She’ll appear that way at the beginning, and then as the film goes on, she’ll be drawn like she’s 50.” This won’t be the first time on of Lem’s works has been adapted, as both Steven Soderbergh and Adrei Tarkovsky have directed versions of Solaris.
Meanwhile, dystopia seems to be rife in Hollywood, as Ridley Scott – a man with experience of dark futures, Blade Runner style – makes inroads on his adaption of Aldous Huxley’s masterpiece Brave New World.