Here’s something nifty that I came across this morning (via BoingBoing.net). Looks like a movie based on Bradley Denton’s book Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganmede is in the works, and they just released a teaser trailer. I haven’t read that book in years. I read it back when I was either a sophomore or junior in high school… and that was almost twenty years ago now. Holy shit! That was almost twenty years ago now!
Back then I was going through a goofy sci-fi book phase, reading stuff like Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Grant Naylor’s Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers, and Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Books. I wonder if I still have a copy of it? If I do it’s sitting inside a dusty old tub with a stack of other books I left up in Utah. Hopefully this summer I’ll be able to make it up there and get the book with the rest of my stuff.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story, here is a synopsis I found on the website that should help you out:
The enduring magic of a 1950s rock ’n’ roll icon and the visual and emotional excitement of comedy/sci-fi/fantasy films will be the attractive mix of Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede. The Film depicts the story of Oliver Vale, a common young man suddenly called to unexpected adventures, when TV screens go blank across the world and the 1950s rock pioneer Buddy Holly is alive again, performing from Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter.
In the Film’s arresting central image, Holly, who died in a plane crash at the height of his fame, returns with all of his legendary stage charisma. He wears his trademark black-framed glasses and plays his Fender Strat electric guitar. Suddenly, the rocker stops and delivers a strange, unexpected message in his sultry Texas accent, that Vale holds the key to the blackout and that he should be “contacted for assistance.”
This odd manifesto abruptly changes the life of Vale, an average electronic salesman living in Las Vegas, who suddenly finds himself the target of a high- speed, cross-country chase. In a defining moment, Vale turns from channel surfer to perpetrator number one as he finds himself pursued by space aliens, a fierce cyborg dog, and a ruthless government agent. This does not include the millions of fellow couch potatoes in the world incensed and frantic to get their TV back. In his quest for answers, Vale decides to travel to Lubbock, Texas, Holly’s birthplace and the site of his grave, hoping that there he will find the solution to the mysterious TV blackout and the appearance of Buddy Holly.
I’m not sure when it’s suppose to be released, but check out the teaser trailer below, or go to the film’s website, and let us know what you think. Twenty years… fuck!