Update: This posting was an April Fools Joke that seems to have been a bit more subtle than I intended. My notion was that people would be intrigued and would follow the link at the bottom for more information. As far as I can tell, nobody has followed the link to the IMDB entry for the film "April Fools". To be clear, as far as I know there is no interest in making Crichton's excellent novel into a movie. Here is my follow-up posting about my failed attempt at humor.
Feature Film Forward Magazine is reporting that shooting has started on Michael Crichton's latest film thriller, State of Fear.
Sam Neil is playing the lead in the film version of Crichton's controversial novel which questions the science behind predictions of a Global Warming catastrophy. Neil is no stranger to the works of Michael Crichton, having appeared in Jurassic Park I and III. The new role of scientist John Kenner in State of Fear is markedly similar to Dr Alan Grant, who Neil played in the Jurassic Park features. Neil will be supported by William H Macy as Peter Evans and by Crichton himself, who is stepping out of his usual writer/producer role to actually appear as a character in one of his films. Crichton will be playing the role of philanthropist George Morton.I must confess myself to be surprized that this film is actually getting made. Despite Crichton's unequalled track record of one hit movie after another I had thought that Crichton's heretical position on global warming would prevent him from finding backing for the project. But I guess Hollywood is more open to real controversy than I had thought. Go figure. And, oh yes... Read the whole thing.