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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 04.06.09] post apocalyptic movie news book



I'll admit that, until today, I hadn't heard of Manuel de Pedrolo or his 1974 alien apocalypse novel, "Second Origin Typescript" (Mecanoscrit del segon origen) but it's one of the most broadly distributed Catalan fiction books ever and is apparently considered quite a masterpiece. The synopsis is certainly intriguing:

A white girl Alba (14) and a black boy Didac (9), are the only survivors on the Earth after they accidentally survive an alien holocaust that eradicates all life on the planet.

As Alba and Dídac bravely recover from the catastrophe, they not only insist on living in a post-apocalyptic world, inhabited by myriads of corpses and deranged, psychotic survivors, but they also take up the mission of preserving human culture and repopulating the Earth. They must start a new world. A "Second Origin." There are only two survivors. Now, our future depends on them.


I wish I could say the project is well under way but it's currently in the development stage with Spanish director Bigas Luna (Sound of the Sea) attached to direct. However, we do have a nice piece of early concept art for you after the break so be sure to check that out.



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Anonymous (8 years ago) Reply

Anyone know if the book was ever translated to English?

Thanks.

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ANONYMOUS (8 years ago) Reply

That's one of the bests books I ever readed. In Catalonia's school is obligated read that's book.
THAT'S SO EXCELENT! :)

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kate (4 years ago) Reply

I´m Catalan and I agree! hahah

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Anonymous (7 years ago) Reply

Do you have any updated info about Pedrolo's movies?
Thanks

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Anonymous (7 years ago) Reply

I was seraching for the book in English too... anyone want to help me translate and make some money... must speak Catalanonian. Sounds like a cool little story...which could have some interesting social commentary...

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Samuel Bauer (7 years ago) Reply

I've translated the book from Catalan into English, Planeta is currently negotiating with English-speaking publishing houses.

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jrstrega (2 years ago) Reply

Did Planeta ever find a publisher? Because otherwise you could consider selfpublishing since the rights to the translation are yours and the work is done. Let me know if you would like some help with that, I definitely feel Mecanoscrit deserves to be more widely read! If the film comes out soon, as well... that's a hell of a promotional tool.

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Sara (5 years ago) Reply

Hey guys! I'm a translator who is looking for this book in its English Translation, any idea where can I find it?

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Chula (5 years ago) Reply

I have this book in dutch, absolutely love it!

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zombieja (2 years ago) Reply

Interesting bit of news...was looking again to see if the book had been published in English and see now that the movie adaptation is in post production. Website: www.segundoorigen.com/en/film/

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zombieja (2 years ago) Reply

Erp...I take that back...it's actually scheduled to release in Spain this month.


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