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Ursula K. LeGuin’s Planet of Exile Set for Movie Adaptation

Artwork of a winter, sci-fi planet scene

A director has not signed on to The Planet of Exile movie yet.

Deadline is reporting that a group called Los Angeles Media Fund (LAMF) has acquired the movie rights to Ursula K. Le Guin’s 1966 sci-fi novella Planet of Exile. The book is set to be adapted by Daniel Stiepleman, who though he doesn’t have any produced credits yet, apparently gained heat from a 2014 Black List script called On the Basis of Sex (which is set to go into production this summer), which is about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s early career.

LAMF is no stranger to sci-fi, with their romantic sci-fi movie The Space Between Us hitting theaters this past weekend.

So What’s Planet of Exile About?

Now, never having read this myself, I’m drawing from a few sources, so hopefully, this is accurate. Planet of Exile tells the story of an Earth colony that has been effectively stranded on a planet called Werel for 600 years. The colony has slowly been shrinking, and with the winter season approaching (which lasts 15 years), they are faced with the needing to work with a nomadic humanoid race on the planet to survive both the coming winter and other marauders. However, up to this point, they’ve had limited and tense interactions with the other race, and they’re not exactly friends.

Anyone Else Involved?

LAMF’s Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman, who are producing on the project, called Le Guin one of the world’s greatest science fiction and fantasy writers in a joint statement, saying that they were “thrilled and honored to bring Ursula’s work to the screen.

So far, there’s no word on a possible director or any casting details. This is in the early stages, so I imagine we likely won’t be hearing more details right away. However, based on the source material and story, I’d say the Planet of Exile movie sounds like one to look forward to.

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