I’m really looking forward to the release of the new movie Rise of the Lichens. We have far too few movies about lichens, algae, archeobacteria, fungus, mold, or pond scum, though yeast gets some play in the sponge of Hollywood.
Sponges themselves, on the other hand, get very little live-action screen time, which is quite a shame. Rumor has it, however, that the producer of the cult movie Sponge Diver is planning a sequel, Revenge of the Sponges, in which sponges and giant clams unite to immobilize their ancient enemies and scrub them to death.
I haven’t been able to put my hands on a screenplay for Rise of the Lichens, as it’s being very closely guarded by the studio, but the buzz on the movie is amazing.
Don’t read past the jump if you don’t want to see spoilers.
Creeping through the forests, the lichens cover the trees from root to tip of branch. They spread across stones, and cover the tundra. They are taking over! People have no defense against them. They move so slowly that one hardly notices their advance. Before people are aware of them, the lichens have taken over, advancing on cities as if the buildings were mountain slopes, covering windows with their fractal tendrils, invading the water lines, steam tunnels, and air ducts.
Humans are helpless in the face of the assault, and all is lost.
Or is it?
Photo: Carolyn McIntyre
At the last possible moment, great herds of reindeer and caribou flood down from the north, joined — in Montana where the lichens have destroyed the metropolises — by family groups of Rocky Mountain goats.
In an epic battle, the heroic ungulates nibble the lichens to defeat.
The SFX of dissolving buildings — especially the Montana skyscrapers – are said to be amazing, and the animal actors follow in the paw- and hoofprints of Rin Tin Tin and Silver.
If the buzz holds up, the producers plan a sequel, Attack of the Slime Molds.
I’m so there.
“The Natural History and Extinction of the People of the Sea,” the faux-encyclopedia article that inspired the novel, written by Vonda N. McIntyre and illustrated by Ursula K. Le Guin, appears as a Book View Café Bonus story.
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