Film Adaptation Of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Telling In The Works

Ursula K. Le Guin

by James White |
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Legendary sci-fi and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin sadly died in January, but her legacy is living on through adaptations of her work. A new film based on her novel The Telling is in the works.

Bayview Films, which was working on the project with the writer herself when she died, is developing the film, with Leena Pendharkar at work on the script and preparing to direct the eventual movie.

The Telling finds main character Sutty Dass – who will be played in the film by Star Trek: Discovery's Rekha Sharma – travelling from a war-ravaged Earth to the planet Aka, a place that has suppressed its rich culture as it seeks technological advancement. As she journeys around the place, she discovers the remnants of religion and a hidden culture, and learns more about the Telling, the old faith of the planet's people, and about herself.

"I’m honored to bring the work of one of science fiction's most esteemed writers to the screen especially in these times when strong female voices are needed," Pendharkar tells The Hollywood Reporter, "The Telling is a humanistic science fiction film about a woman trying to find her way in a culture overrun by technology."

Pendharkar should have the cameras rolling later this year, aiming to have the film ready for a 2019 release.

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