We all know that trilogies tend to work rather well; it is no coincidence that many of the best plays and books are in three acts. And, after the success of the Lord of the Rings, who could deny that the level of our cinematic technology can allow for almost any scenario to be well depicted?
So, what should be next?
Watching the film of the War Of The Worlds, I was reminded of one of the finest literary trilogies ever written: John Christopher's The Tripods.
John Christopher was one of the best post-apocolypic sci-fi writers, on a par with John Wyndham. Books such as The Death Of Grass and Wrinkle In The Skin are fantastically realised but, in your humble Devil's opinion, the Tripods Trilogy was his finest achievement.
At the time that the BBC adapted the series—which I remember watching and being pretty scared by—it was the most expensive that the Beeb had ever done. Unfortunately, they decided to introduce a number of extraneous and downright contradictory storylines and characters, which not only made a mockery of Christopher's beautifully-realised concepts but also lengthened the first two series well beyond what they should have been. The triumphant third part, The Pool Of Fire, was never made.
The Tripods Trilogy would make an extraordinary and compelling film trilogy; it demands to be made. It seems that either the trilogy, or the first part, may be in production but details are sketchy.
I await further information with considerable interest and I can only hope that the production company are willing and able to do it justice.
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