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Ursula K. LeGuin Gives Away Film Rights to a Story to Ensure That It's Done Right

Novelist Ursula K. LeGuin deeply regretted letting the SyFy Network turn one of her Earthsea books into a miniseries, and has been tightfisted about her film rights ever since. But a group of film students was able to persuade her to give them the film rights for free:

The script is based on a short story by sci-fi writer Ursula Le Guin – to whom the pair wrote to in April to ask permission for the rights.

Rob, 27, from West Wycombe, said: “She doesn't usually give away the rights to her material but she let us have it for free – it was amazing when we got the reply.”

The story is called "The Field of Vision" and is about psychologically traumatized astronauts who have returned from Mars.

Link via io9 | Photo: Lewis & Clark College

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