Warner Bros. Picks Up Hyperion Cantos

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Producer Graham King has set up Dan Simmons’ award-winning science fiction book series “Hyperion Cantos” at Warner Bros., with Trevor Sands on board to adapt the first two books as one feature, says Variety.

The first book, “Hyperion,” won the Hugo Award for best novel in 1990, while the second, “The Fall of Hyperion,” was nominated for a Nebula Award for best novel.

“Hyperion” deals with a space war, with most of the action taking place on a planet named Hyperion, known not only for its electricity-spewing trees but also for the Time Tombs, large artifacts that can move through time. The tombs are guarded by a monster called the Shrike, which impales people on metal trees.