MGM Plans to Adapt Ray Bradbury’s From the Dust Returned

MGM has plans to develop Ray Bradbury’s fantasy anthology From the Dust Returned, Deadline reports. The book, published in 2001, is officially described as follows:

Fifty-five years in the making, “From the Dust Returned” grew out of a short story, “Homecoming,” which appeared in the October 1946 issue of Mademoiselle magazine. Bradbury has published just five other stories about the Elliots, an outlandish, greathearted and loving-spirited Halloween creature clan and their “abnormal” (i.e., his face is reflected in the mirror!) adopted son Timothy. Over the years, Bradbury readers have clamored for more Elliott tales. A lifelong labor of love, “From the Dust Returned” is a novel (in much the way “The Martian Chronicles” is a novel) comprised of the previously published six stories interwoven with newer chapters and “connective tissue” that give us an unforgettable portrait of the rise and fall of a most peculiar brood. Here are Cecy, “the one who dreams,” a young girl yearning for love who can experience the world only through the travels of her mind; Uncle Einar, a fun-loving, proud-winged vampire who loses his ability to fly; Great Grandmère, the family matriarch, who speaks of millennia gone by from deep within her mummified wrappings; and Tom, a farm boy whom Cecy “meets” and falls in love with one night during one of her spirit-borne journeys.

The news comes after announcements last year that both Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine and his The Martian Chronicles are headed to the screen.

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