Epic News: Tad Williams’ TAILCHASER’S SONG is coming to the big screen

Tad Williams is one of my ALL TIME favourite authors – his style of writing is on par or above that of Tolkein. His sci fi meets fantasy style of the OTHERLAND series of books literally changed my life and the way I read, it threw me headlong into an insatiable passion for sci fi and fantasy. OTHERLAND was also the first time that the length of a book, or series, did not stop me, it was like being shown threw a gateway to a new world of literary satisfaction. Superb.

TAILCHASER’S SONG is his first novel written in 1985 and since that time, he has written 18 books, all of them incredible. If you haven’t now is the time to start. TAILCHASER’S SONG is his smallest work at 333 pages.

 

Tad Williams' Tailchaser's Song Teaser Poster
Tad Williams’ Tailchaser’s Song Teaser Poster

 

The novel is set in the world as cats see it, with Man being a mysterious and distrusted creature in the eyes of feral cats. The cats see themselves as the first and most important species. Their myths view humans, or “M’an” as a race of deformed descendants of cats. The novel takes the approach that all creatures consider their kind to be the dominant species of the planet. The book makes reference to mythologies of frogs, foxes and ravens as well as cats.

The cats have a well established system of songs, poems, and godly figures, such as Meerclar the Allmother and her Two, Harar Goldeneye and Fela Skydancer, and the three Firstborn cats. The cats, as one brethren, call themselves ‘the Folk’. The novel contains a developed system of cat speech and style as well, to go with their customs; very similar to what the reader finds in written editions of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien.

The entire story is reminiscent and a homage to Tolkein told in and from the world of cats, it is ironic because it would not surprise me if cats actually think like this. I am so excited I am going to have to read it again :).

BELOW IS THE PRESS RELEASE:

ANIMETROPOLIS & IDA ANNOUNCE CO-PRODUCTION WITH EFG-RENASCENCE OF ANIMATED FEATURE ADAPTATION OF TAD WILLIAMS’ FANTASY-ADVENTURE NOVEL “TAILCHASER’S SONG”.

FILM PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH SAM WORTHINGTON’S FULL CLIP PRODUCTIONS

“RISE OF THE GUARDIANS” DIRECTOR PETER RAMSEY JOINS PRODUCTION AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, AUTHOR TAD WILLIAMS AS CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013 — Animetropolis, IDA and EFG-Renascence Productions are pleased to unveil the producing team and teaser poster for their animated feature film adaptation of Tad Williams’ acclaimed best-selling novel TAILCHASER’S SONG. The stereoscopic 3D CG-animated family film commences production later this year.

“We couldn’t be more honored to have assembled such an esteemed group of filmmakers to bring this project to fruition,” said producers Paul Alvarado-Dykstra, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Junya Okabe, Solomon J. LeFlore, and Susan Gee in a joint statement. “Our team brings an extraordinary array of experience and expertise to the film, and a shared passion for the source material.”

Co-Executive Producer Tad Williams is an international best-selling author of fantasy and science fiction. Since 1985, he has written 18 novels and 2 story collections, and his work has been translated into more than 20 languages. Tad’s stories have earned critical acclaim and immense popularity worldwide.

TAILCHASER’S SONG was his first novel, while his OTHERLAND series has been optioned by Warner Brothers for a live-action feature adaptation, and is also the basis for the groundbreaking new MMORPG of the same name from RealU, dtp Entertainment and gamigo.

“If you’re going to collaborate, you want to collaborate with smart and creative people, and so far I have seen ample evidence that that’s the case,” said Williams in a statement. “They’re really interested in bringing the book to the screen in the spirit it was written, which is all I can ask for. I am really pleased and excited.”

Executive Producer Peter Ramsey made his feature film directing debut on DreamWorks Animation’s RISE OF THE GUARDIANS last year (worldwide box office $300 million) after working on the studio’s PUSS IN BOOTS, MONSTERS VS. ALIENS, SHREK THE THIRD and SHARK TALE. Previously, he was a top production illustrator and storyboard artist on such blockbusters as INDEPENDENCE DAY, MEN IN BLACK, and MINORITY REPORT.

“I think the story has lots of promise and it’s a world that feels pretty fresh,” said Ramsey. “I’m impressed with the artwork I’ve seen so far, and with the project overall.”

No release date for the film provided in the press release, but IMDB has it pegged for 2014.

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