Weitz Brothers Still Plan Elric Movie

Another mighty hero struggles to make it to the big screen.

I admit this is getting into fantasy territory beyond my level of expertise, but here goes anyway: Chris and Paul Weitz told ComingSoon that they are still trying to get an Elric movie made. They’ve held the movie rights to the character since 2007.

Okay, now who is Elric, for those of you out there who don’t know? Here’s what I found out about the character created by Michael Moorcock:

“It is the color of a bleached skull, his flesh; and the long hair which flows below his shoulders is milk-white. From the tapering, beautiful head stare two slanting eyes, crimson and moody, and from the loose sleeves of his yellow gown emerge two slender hands, also the color of bone. ” – The Chronicle of the Black Sword
Elric of Melniboné, Michael Moorcock

Thus begins Michael Moorcock’s description of Elric. He is, as we read through the series, the last ruler of the dreaming city Imrryr. He was born an albino and requires large amounts of sorceress drugs to maintain his strength and life. He is the 428th ruler in direct line of descent from the first sorcerer emperor of Melniboné. Due to his weakened condition he has delved into the secrets of many sorceress books and the study and practice of herb lore to sustain himself. Through this process of self enlightenment he has developed a very curious side effect of introspective self loathing for the traditions of his empire, and his inability to fit in to the role of the traditional Melniboné emperor. He also harbors an inner desire to perhaps sway his fellow Melniboné’s from some of their more unwholesome practices. Because of these opinions, his subjects find his motives to be almost unfathomable. Their opinion being that Melniboné is Melniboné. They have always ruled the world, and any tactic or pleasure they desire is to be sought out and used. Morality is something that concerns lesser beings but does not have any bearing, or add weight to any decision they may make. Elric also sees that the past glory of Melniboné is fading, complacency and stagnation have set into his culture and empire. No longer do the golden battle barges set sail for the Young Kingdoms in order to raid, plunder, and bring back slaves. No longer do they attempt to increase those lands under Melniboné domination, and demand tribute from lesser beings. The Actorios stone ring worn by Elric and passed down throughout the rain of sorceress emperors, has been studied much but used little by him, thus the ability to call on aid from the traditional patron of the Melniboné emperors, Lord of Chaos Duke Arioch of Hell, has not been sought since Elric’s accession.

That info comes from stormbringer.net, where there is a huge breakdown of the character and stories. Go there for more info.

As for the movie project, Paul Weitz answered questions about it while doing press for his next movie, “Being Flynn.” When asked about the status of the project, he said:

“We wrote a very edgy script that was true to the anarchic spirit of the book, and then we had a heck of a time getting it made. We’ll probably take another run at it if we’re able to. It was certainly a dream come true to hang out with Michael Moorcock, who is one of our heroes. It’s an utter anti-hero, and I believe that part of the book was a response to Tolkien, because Moorcock looked at that as sort of a hymn to the squireocracy and the class system in England, and this is a complete rock and roll nihilist anti-hero. I hope the movie gets made in proper fashion.”

Hollywood isn’t handing out money blindly these days, so it’s going to take a lot of luck to get this done.

Meanwhile, Weitz is working on an adaptation of “Admission,” by Jean Hanff Korelitz. In that one, Tina Fey (hopefully) would play a “college admissions officer who begins to have a relationship with one of her students.” What do they mean by one of her students? Admissions officers don’t have “their students.” Do they mean a student who wants to get into the school, or who she pulled strings to get into the school? I guess only the former would make sense. That would likely be the next Weitz project.

“Being Flynn” opens on March 2nd. It stars Paul Dano, Robert DeNiro, and Julianne Moore.

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