Imagination Connoisseur, Fabian Lelo, brings us news that a sci-fi film adaptation of “Karn Evil 9” – a concept album by legendary rock band, Emerson, Lake & Palmer – may be in the works.

Hey Rob,

As a long-time connoisseur of Progressive Rock music, an article grabbed my attention just the other day about a Sci-Fi film to be adapted from the “Karn Evil 9” concept by English Progressive Rock Band ‘Emerson, Lake & Palmer.’

Taken from the article…

Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s prog-rock classic “Karn Evil 9” will serve as the inspiration for an upcoming sci-fi film. Deadline reports that Radar Pictures has secured the rights to the centrepiece of ELP’s 1973 album Brain Salad Surgery with ROBOPOCALYPSE author Daniel H. Wilson on board to adapt “Karn Evil 9” into a screenplay.

Carl Palmer, the lone surviving member of ELP (Keith Emerson and Greg Lake both passed away in 2016), confirmed on Twitter that a “sci-fi movie franchise” based on the band’s 30-minute, three-suite “Karn Evil 9” is in development.

According to Radar Pictures, the studio behind the recent JUMANJI reboots, the “Karn Evil 9” film will take place in “a society that has drained all its blood with a dependence on technology.” The movie also “will explore the world controlled by a pervasive and dictatorial technocracy.”

“The annual ‘Karn Evil’ — a macabre rite of passage — is a young person’s once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience unbridled freedom, before subjugating themselves to the ruling class,” Deadline said of the film’s plot. “When people stop returning from their Karn Evil experience, fear drives a revolution to topple the status quo and the artificial intelligence discovered at its heart.”

Producer Ted Field added in a statement, “The visionary world that ELP created with their recording ‘Karn Evil 9’ is much closer to reality today. Our team at Radar looks forward to bringing this vision of where things may be headed to the big screen and beyond.”

Personally, though – it will be intriguing to see how the “7 Virgins and a Mule” image will play out on screen. And I’m even getting ‘Butlerian Jihad’ vibes from this concept too.

ELP’s 1973 album “Brain Salad Surgery” also bears yet another connection to the Sci-Fi genre, as it was legendary Swiss artist H.R. Giger of Alien fame, who designed the band’s iconic album cover. Here’s a link to an article explaining the BSS Album Cover for curious readers.

And lastly, with your permission – I would like to include a Prog Rock song in each letter I send from this day forward, as there will be many songs to choose from, especially with Sci-Fi concepts in mind, such as the legendary Rush concept ‘2112’ for example, where drummer/lyricist Neal Peart (RIP) drew inspiration from the 1937 dystopian novella Anthem by Ayn Rand.

Another song off the 2112 record “The Twilight Zone” needs no further explanation if you let your mind wander a little.

Anyhoo, I’m veering ‘slightly’ off-topic. You have a wonderful day, mate…

– Fabian
(a Kiwi in Perth, Western Australia)

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