Filming of Vonda McIntyre’s adult fairy tale The Moon & the Sun is proceeding in Melbourne and at Versailles, France around the chateau de Versailles.
Actor Pierce Brosnan plays King Louis XIV —
Pierce Brosnan, Bill Nighy and Fan Bingbing are attached to star in The Moon & the Sun, a Hollywood film which will shoot in Australia and France….
Based on a novel by Vonda McIntyre, The Moon & the Sun is an adult fairytale centring on Louis XIV, who brings a mermaid into captivity in order to steal its life force. The King’s quest is complicated when he brings to Court the daughter of the mistress he always loved and the creature seeks out the girl. When the girl, Marie-Josephe, discovers what her father intends to do, she sets out to free the mermaid.
Brosnan will play the King, with Fan Bingbing as the mermaid, a Gollum-type digital creation. Nighy will play a character named Pere de Chaise…
McIntyre posted a link to Pierce Brosnan’s Instagram page. Click here for a photo of the actor on horseback in full royal splendor.
The novel won the 1998 Nebula novel award. And currently it’s not available in dead tree form.
According to sfadb, it was also on the Tiptree shortlist and nominated for a Seiun Award.
Hmm, the movie doesn’t seem to have a release date announced yet. I suppose it’s too much to hope that it’ll come out anytime around next year’s Worldcon where McIntyre is a GoH. It doesn’t seem like it would be a summer kind of movie…
It doesn’t seem like it would be a summer kind of movie…
Not unless it has, say, flamethrowing giant robots stomping through the gardens of Versailles.
Given how sf stories tend to mutate when adapted to movie form, I guess anything is possible.
Here’s a link to a French TV news report of the filming at Versailles — http://videos.tf1.fr/jt-20h/2014/pierce-brosnan-en-louis-xiv-peu-commun-8401345.html