Ray Bradbury has signed on with White Oak Films with the idea of creating a miniseries. The miniseries is structured as a 6-hour project broken down into six 1-hour episodes, all based on different short stories of Bradbury’s.
The plan is for each episode to be directed by a different person, none of whom have been officially signed yet. Who they pick to direct each episode will be very important, as they’re letting the director select their own favorite short story of Bradbury’s.
Ray Bradbury has authored many a short story and they’ve all become stories that have inspired generations of readers. Some notables that he’s authored “Fahrenheit 451”, “The Martian Chronicles”, “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and many others.
His famous books aren’t short stories obviously, but the directors have a list of over 400 short stories or novelettes to choose from.
Below is a random selection of titles of Bradbury’s shorts:
- (1941) The Trouble with Humans is People
- (1942) The Candle
- (1943) The Scythe
- (1944) The Lake
- (1945) The Watchers
- (1945) Invisible Boy
- (1946) The Traveller
- (1950) There Will Come Soft Rains
- (1951) The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
- (1952) A Sound of Thunder
- (1953) The Meadow
- (1960) The Best of All Possible Worlds
- (1966) The Man in the Rorschach Shirt
- (1967) The Lost City of Mars
- (1979) The Aqueduct
- (1984) The Toynbee Convector
- (1988) The Dragon
- (1994) From the Dust Returned
- (2003) Is That You, Herb?
- (2009) Juggernaut
Though they’re leaving it up to the directors to choose their favorite short story, I’d think it’d be neat if they ran web polls asking the fans / readers vote for what they’d like to see.
I’m getting ahead of myself. First they need to successfully shop the idea out and get a network to take the bait. Any ideas who might step up? Syfy? TNT? AMC? FX? Maybe even ABC or CBS might throw their hat into the ring, considering who it is pitching this idea.
Do you have any favorite short stories from Ray Bradbury that you’d like to see grace the small screen?