The movie adaptation of Ray Bradbury's obscure short story Chrysalis has released some new production photos, including this awesome image of a guy being swallowed by the slimy green chrysalis of the movie's title. And the movie's concept art by D. Hirajeta is gorgeous. But is there enough substance in Bradbury's 60-year-old short story to sustain a movie? Judge for yourself, and see a gallery, after the jump.
Bradbury himself has been involved in every step of the movie, which takes place in an Earth left barren after a third world war. Scientists in a research facility are struggling to find ways to revive plant life. One of the scientists apparently dies, but then a plant chrysalis grows around him and saves him. He starts changing into something new and scary. Here's a passage from the original story:
He could not see. But yes, yes, he could, and it was like the inside of a small dark red cavern, as if his eyes were turned inward upon his skull. And Smith tried to twist his tongue, and suddenly, trying to scream, he knew his tongue was gone, that the place where it used to be was vacant, an itching spot that wanted a tongue but couldn't have it just now.
His tongue was an itching spot.
And then it turns into a tug-of-war over the plant guy between scientists who have different agendas. The movie's official synopsis promises that it'll be an action-packed thriller as scientists fight over whether to save the world or hasten its destruction, plus it'll explore questions of "science vs. faith." Honestly, it sounds a bit like a short story stretched out to make it a feature film, but we'll see. For now, here's pretty pictures. [QuietEarth]