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Braugher says Andromeda Strain reworked

by on Nov.14, 2007, under Movies

Andre Braugher (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer), who plays a military man in the upcoming updated Andromeda Strain, discussed how the movie has been updated with SCI FI Wire. Obviously the setting has been updated to the present day, but he calls the book “anticlimactic”, and that the new version is a “retelling of the story, with the same premise, but an entirely different retelling.” I’m a bit concerned about the comment, “There are elements of that film Sphere [which was also based on a Crichton book], … in terms of the involvement of another power in the creation of the virus.” Did there need to be some nefarious higher power involved?



2 Comments for this entry

  • Anonymous Coward

    “Higher Power” in the book…

    In the original book, Crichton had the virus created by another entity, and placed in humanity’s upper atmosphere to keep us from engaging in further space flight (a sort of precursor to the “Space Monsters” in Gunbuster – acting as an immune system for the galaxy to protect it from “dangerous entites” like humanity). In fact, the book ends with the US government abandoning further manned space flight because of the virus.

    • Doc

      Re:”Higher Power” in the book…

      Are you about the entity? I know that they did suspend space flights because of the virus. It’s been years – probably 20 – since I’ve read it, but I don’t remember them figuring out a source, and I thought space flights were suspended because the unmutated virus still existed outside the atmosphere or something, causing problems with the craft.