A sci-fi version of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness? One of the most controversial tales over the last century+, telling the story of Marlow, the cargo boat captain in Africa at the end of the 19th century, on assignment to return Kurtz, an ivory trader with a reputation, who encounters the “darkness” of the Congo wilderness, and the “darkness” that resides within human beings, after witnessing the brutalization of Africans by white European traders. Read on from Variety:
Radar Pictures is taking the plunge into “Heart of Darkness,” tapping Peter Cornwell (“The Haunting in Connecticut“) to direct an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novel as a spacebound sci-fi pic. Titled “Into Darkness,”… the project is loosely based on Conrad’s 1902 tale of ferryboat captain Charles Marlow’s quest to return shadowy ivory trader Kurtz to civilization.
As most of you likely already know, Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 work, was based on Conrad’s novel, with the key difference being that the story was moved from the Congo to Vietnam and Cambodia, during the Vietnam War. So, really, anything is possible here. Just don’t expect to find any of the original story here, other than its themes.