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New Stephen Hawking Movie in the Works

timothy posted more than 7 years ago | from the reinvention-to-best-bono-or-tom-jones dept.

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Simon Behler writes "The Sunday Times is reporting that Stephen Hawking is making a new movie. FTA: 'Professor Stephen Hawking, Britain's world-renowned physicist, is to switch from theories of multidimensional space to the three dimensions of the Imax cinema by starring in a film that sets out his ideas on the origins and fate of the universe. The film, Beyond the Horizon, will tackle some of the most daunting theories espoused by Hawking and other cosmologists, from the idea that space has up to 11 dimensions to the cause of the big bang itself.'"

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3D Imax? (4, Interesting)

Wilson_6500 (896824) | more than 7 years ago | (#16445801)

to the three dimensions of the Imax cinema

So, is the third dimension apparent depth? If Imax shows are still displayed on flat screens...

Re:3D Imax? (2, Insightful)

5E-0W2 (767094) | more than 7 years ago | (#16445915)

Time.

Re:3D Imax? (2, Informative)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446007)

No, no, no... Time is the fourth dimension. Please turn in your Time Lord In Training card!

Re:3D Imax? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16446687)

Given that there is no third dimension in a movie, it wouldn't make sense to call time the 4th.

Re:3D Imax? (2, Funny)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#16449459)

You got up-down, left-right, perception of depth, and time as the movie plays. Oh, wait a minute. You're an anonymous coward. Of course, I forgot AC's don't have a perception of depth. :P

Re:3D Imax? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16448723)

You get to watch wearing 3D glasses. I went to watch Open Season in 3D on the imax at the SF Metreon last week. The film was utter shite (as expected) but the 3D effect, whilst not always 100 percent in focus, was utterly amazing when it did click. Honestly, i'm the cynical geeky type and it really blew my jaded mind. What I really could't believe though was that there was this amazing invention - really the pinnacle of man's achievement in film presentation - and all of about 25 people in the cinema, on a Saturday afternoon too. In England that place would have been rammed to the gills.

Needless to say, i can't wait to watch something decent on that format by Stephen Hawking, particularly if I have the place to myself again.

Re:3D Imax? (1)

piper-noiter (772438) | more than 7 years ago | (#16450467)

Professor Stephen Hawking, Britain's world-renowned physicist, is to switch from theories of multidimensional space to the three dimensions of the Imax cinema...

I was interested until I read that. I only watch science movies on the OMNImax screens. I don't like to learn unless there's an honest chance of getting sea sick. Thank you very much.

Oh god (0, Troll)

kafka47 (801886) | more than 7 years ago | (#16445805)

Hear that rumbling? That's the sound of a thousand Slashdot jokes about cybernetic wheelchair pr0n...

Run awayyyy!!!

Re:Oh god (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16445981)

You, sir, are a fucking idiot.

Re:Oh god (2, Insightful)

From A Far Away Land (930780) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446003)

Perhaps I'm just in a bad mood because my pet just died, but isn't it depressing that all of the medical technology in the world can't give one of the greatest minds in the world a semblence of a healthy body?

Still, it's good that such a smart man is getting all of this media attention. The world could use more role models in movies, instead of relying on the ones that take steroids to break sports records.

Re:Oh god (2, Insightful)

RsG (809189) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446119)

isn't it depressing that all of the medical technology in the world can't give one of the greatest minds in the world a semblence of a healthy body?
Why single out Hawking? He isn't the only person in the world with ALS. Nor is he the only person who has contributed to our scientific knowledge to suffer or die from an incurable disease.

It's not like the medical technology we have today is miraculous. Advanced, yes, but medicine is still a work in progress, and probably always will be. People still die of all sorts of things we can't cure, and sometimes can't even slow down. That's not likely to change anytime soon, and what advances we do make will inevitably be slow.

I wouldn't call that depressing. I'd call that reality.

Re:Oh god (5, Insightful)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446177)

Perhaps I'm just in a bad mood because my pet just died, but isn't it depressing that all of the medical technology in the world can't give one of the greatest minds in the world a semblence of a healthy body?

You know, just because technology doesn't give Hawking the body of Arnold Schwarzeneger doesn't mean it didn't help: without technology, Hawking would probably have ended up in a rocking chair, his family taking his motionless, speechless body for that of a gibbering imbecile. Instead of that, his power wheelchair give him a semblance of mobility, and his speech box give him the ability to express himself. So in reality, technology gave us one of the greatest mind in the world.

As for movies, Stephen hawking did play in Star Trek TNG. Granted, it wasn't a Jackie Chan role, but still...

Re:Oh god (5, Funny)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446931)

re:"As for movies, Stephen hawking did play in Star Trek TNG. Granted, it wasn't a Jackie Chan role, but still..."

Well with a little more CG FX, he COULD have had a Jackie Chan role, and I think the world is ready for the full on Stephen Hawking / Jackie Chan experience in "RoadHouse 2, Quantum leaps of fury". "Entropy takes a beating in the summer of 2007"

Re:Oh god... Oh God deux? (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 7 years ago | (#16447941)

Well, nevermind Jackie Chan... He's passe... Pair Hawking up with some kewl F/X, and Stephen Chow! They could do a remake of Kung Fu Hustle, or Shaolin Soccer. But, first, I want to see them side-by-side in those yellow catsuits with the black stripes. They can do twists and turns in quick cuts to the tune the old Purina Cat Chow:

"Purina Cat CHOW, CHOW! CHOW!! Purina Cat CHOW, CHOW!!! CHOW!!!! Chhh-chhh-chhh chow-chi-chi-chow-chow-cheowwww!!!" (yes, they have to do it real gay-like, too, but then Hawkings might grin and say, "Mind...your...own...biznisss...."

(hehe funny.... image: "osmotic")

Re:Oh god (2, Funny)

Walt Dismal (534799) | more than 7 years ago | (#16448367)

Just remember, the even-numbered Stephen Hawking movies will be bad, and the odd numbered ones good, and then there's the one where he invents transparent aluminum and saves the whales. That one's awesome, especially where he talks into a mouse.... what? Yes, Mom, I did take my Ritalin today! Go away, I'm busy online.

Re:Oh god (1)

Zenmonkeycat (749580) | more than 7 years ago | (#16450511)

I think you've got that reversed. After all, A Brief History of Time V: The No Hair Theorem was pretty lame. He's one of the greatest minds of the 20th and 21st centuries, but I really felt like his ideas on black holes were cheapened when he was kidnapped by Sybok and taken to Sha Ka Ree.

Re:Oh god (1)

gkhan1 (886823) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446419)

You should remember that ALS is a horrific disease that kills almost everybody within a couple of years after diagnosis. It's truly a miracle that Hawking is still alive. Let's be grateful for that.

One step ahead of you (1)

xixax (44677) | more than 7 years ago | (#16447737)

Perhaps I'm just in a bad mood because my pet just died, but isn't it depressing that all of the medical technology in the world can't give one of the greatest minds in the world a semblence of a healthy body?
Some time ago Dr. Robert J. White http://archive.salon.com/21st/feature/1998/06/29fe aturea.html [salon.com] >proposed exactly that. Since non-nerve stuff is mostly mechanical, perhaps Futurama is closer than we think...

Xix.

Re:Oh god (2, Funny)

Naughty Bob (1004174) | more than 7 years ago | (#16451095)

"Perhaps I'm just in a bad mood because my pet just died, but isn't it depressing that all of the medical technology in the world can't give one of the greatest minds in the world a semblence of a healthy body?" Sorry to hear about your pet, and I am sure you loved it very much, but I'm sure we'd have heard about it before now if it had 'one of the greatest minds in the world'. It's just your grief talking.

Excellent (1)

Night Goat (18437) | more than 7 years ago | (#16445815)

This is great news. We need more movies to completely blow stoners' minds! Trippy visuals and ideas that are completely outside the thought patterns of most people make for a great mix.

Re:Excellent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16445833)

That's not nice, man.

Re:Excellent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16448435)

Sounds like you have a lot to learn for someone who prides himself on such "superior" intelligence.

The real question is.. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16445845)

Will he be doing his own stunts?

Top 10 Facts about Stephen Hawking (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16445897)

  1. Guns don't kill people. Stephen Hawking kills People.
  2. There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of animals Stephen Hawking allows to live.
  3. Stephen Hawking does not sleep. He waits.
  4. The chief export of Stephen Hawking is Pain.
  5. There is no chin under Stephen Hawkings Beard. There is only another fist.
  6. Stephen Hawking has two speeds. Slow, and Kill.
  7. The leading causes of death in the United Kingdom are: 1. Heart Disease 2. Stephen Hawking 3. Chuck Norris
  8. Stephen Hawking drives a wheel chair truck covered in human skulls.
  9. Stephen Hawking is my Homeboy.
  10. Stephen Hawking doesn't go hunting.... STEPHEN HAWKING GOES KILLING

Re:Top 10 Facts about Stephen Hawking (0)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#16445929)

Chuck Norris facts aren't funny with Chuck Norris and they're not funny with Stephen Hawking.

Top 10 Facts about WilliamSChips (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16446443)

  1. Guns don't kill people. WilliamSChips kills People.
  2. There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of animals WilliamSChips allows to live.
  3. WilliamSChips does not sleep. He waits.
  4. The chief export of WilliamSChips is Pain.
  5. There is no chin under WilliamSChips Beard. There is only another fist.
  6. WilliamSChips has two speeds. Slow, and Kill.
  7. The leading causes of death in the United States are: 1. WilliamSChips 2. Stephen Hawking 3. Chuck Norris
  8. WilliamSChips drives a smart car covered in human skulls.
  9. WilliamSChips is my Homeboy.
  10. WilliamSChips doesn't go hunting.... WILLIAMSCHIPS GOES KILLING

Re:Top 10 Facts about Stephen Hawking (3, Funny)

zero_offset (200586) | more than 7 years ago | (#16447891)

I have mod points, but I can't seem to find "poster is a humorless cocksmoker" in the drop-down list.

Re:Top 10 Facts about Stephen Hawking (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#16448127)

If you think Chuck Norris jokes are humor then you are brain-damaged. Some people say puns are the lowest form of humor but puns are occasionally still funny.

Re:Top 10 Facts about Stephen Hawking (1)

r3m0t (626466) | more than 7 years ago | (#16449979)

Actually, they are extremely funny in the right setting. "Person posts them on online forum" is not it.

Recently in math class, somebody just said to the teacher, "sir, did you know Chuck Norris can break walnuts with his eyelids?" - it just catches people off-guard.

Re:Top 10 Facts about Stephen Hawking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16450803)

How is the cocksmoking working out for you?

Get a bloody sense of humor mods (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16446067)

It's not redundant because noone else made the jokes. Mod it off-topic, even though it's funny.

Why? (2, Insightful)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 7 years ago | (#16445941)

Why are they even making a film? The BBC did an excellent TV series about his life, it was not only entertaining but showed his youth which many people arn't aware of.

Re:Why? (1)

LighterShadeOfBlack (1011407) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446089)

The film isn't going to be about his life. It's about the scientific theories that he and many others have come up with. I didn't see the BBC series but I'm pretty sure it was primarily a biopic of Hawking, which is nothing like the film described in the article.

Re:Why? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16446163)

Because this is a film (presumably with him at the helm in some form) about his *ideas* - not about his personal challenges in life, which was the focus of the BBC dramatisation.

As someone lucky enough to attend one of his lectures on his cosmological theories a few years ago I think it is an interesting idea. The principle feeling I was left with after the hour and a half was that there were some very intriguing thoughts he was attempting to convey, but the visualisation of such thoughts was very difficult. Hopefully some moviefx render farms, graphical artists etc may be able to make the ideas come alive on the big screen in a way that they never could in a lecture presentation.

Real Physics? (2, Insightful)

sammyo (166904) | more than 7 years ago | (#16445947)

IANAP but I happened to chat with a real string theory
theorist recently, he did not seem at all impressed with
Hawking.

Anything that sparks the interest of a student or anyone
to enter science is a fine thing. I'm looking forward to
it even though the artists rendition of 11 dimensions will
likely be more psycadelic than mathematically accurate.

Re:Real Physics? (1)

The_Wilschon (782534) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446811)

I am a (experimental) particle physicist, and I also am not particularly enamored of Stephen Hawking. He has done some excellent work on black holes, and he has done some excellent work to keep himself in the media limelight since then.

Re:Real Physics? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16446847)

LOLWHAT

Hawking-Penrose singularity theorems?
Hawking radiation in semiclassical quantum gravity?
Gibbons-Hawking ansatz for gravitational multi-instantons?
Hawking-Hartle no-boundary proposal?
Hawking-Turok inflation?
First calculation of 5-dimensional Kerr metrics in AdS backgrounds (which is VERY important for string theory via AdS/CFT)?
Euclidean quantum gravity and black hole information loss?(admitedly this one is slightly dubious)

He has done more important work in M-theory than most "professional" string theorists, but even without this he is without doubt one of the top ten theoretical physicists alive. Coupled with his disability this is incredible. Snide losers like you and your alleged "string theory friend" (if they even exist, no doubt studying some sort of crappy landscapey second-quantization pseudoscience with superiority complex to match) should maybe learn the basic tenets of research before saying someone elses work is worthless.

Good News (1)

School Bully2 (445136) | more than 7 years ago | (#16445955)

This is good news. Too many "science" programmes on TV tell the story of the discovery (or theory), rather than try to explain the theory itself.

Re:Good News (1)

The_Wilschon (782534) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446843)

My experience with physics classes has been that the best explanations of theory are generally (almost) explanations of discovery. An emphasis on why something was thought tends to make it much easier to understand what was thought.

11 dimensions? (1)

should_be_linear (779431) | more than 7 years ago | (#16445961)

So, what he suggests is that we are someone's 3 dimensional screen-saver in otherwise 11 dimensional space?

Re:11 dimensions? (1)

Mikachu (972457) | more than 7 years ago | (#16445979)

If that's the case, a programmer with that much time on his hands probably posts here at slashdot.

Re:11 dimensions? (1)

neurostar (578917) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446219)

Going to lower dimensions can't be too hard though

--------------

^^^ There's a 1D screensaver.

:D

British?? (4, Funny)

MrP- (45616) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446017)

Stephen Hawking is british?? I never knew.. what happened to his accent??

Re:British?? (1)

j-min (1011011) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446797)

He has a machine that talks for him. Apparently the British accent wasn't designed into the machine.

But he was born in Oxford [wikipedia.org]

Re:British?? (1)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446953)

In reality, after getting the first - of several - voice systems, he remarked that it gave him a California accent. True story - I'm too lazy to google the link at the moment.

Re:British?? (1)

erroneus (253617) | more than 7 years ago | (#16447617)

I don't know, but I was sorta hoping they'd get James Earl Jones to do the voice-over work... he does a lot of voice over work...

Simpsons, what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16446063)

The infamous phrase: "There's so much I don't know about astrophysics. I wish I read that book by that wheelchair guy." need no longer apply.

Unfortunately... (5, Funny)

coupland (160334) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446085)

The part of Hawking will be played by Tom Cruise, as a rogue astrophysicist who only has 24 hours to develop a unified field theory, and prevent terrorists from opening a black hole in downtown Manhattan!

Re:Unfortunately... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16446269)

Tom Cruise would never agree to be in that movie - he would have to have some scientology cult crap in it, eg. Travolta & Battlefield Earth.

meh (4, Funny)

Karma Sucks (127136) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446131)

I'd be way more interested in a movie on that Hubert Farnsworth guy. It's amazing to me that the professor is still putting out new inventions at his age.

I'm Rich Biatch (1)

schabot (941087) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446145)

"Now that I am a movie star, 'tell your wife to come over to my place if she wants a little boom-shaka-laka boom-shaka-laka boom-shaka-laka boom'"

Re:I'm Rich Biatch (1)

aplusjimages (939458) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446691)

Since Stephen Hawkins makes appearences on the Simpsons and Family Guy, do you think they will make an appearance in his movie.

"Spit in my mouth."

British? (-1, Redundant)

Cunk (643486) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446147)

I had no idea he was British. He seems to have lost his accent or something.

Re:British? (1)

slavelayer (956212) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446501)

He talks through a voice synthisizer.
He could choose 'any' voice he wants but since he has been using the one he has for so long he said he has become attached to it.

String Theory? (2, Informative)

Hemogoblin (982564) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446343)

"... from the idea that space has up to 11 dimensions ... "

Does this mean the movie will cover String Theory? I wasn't aware that Stephen Hawking worked in this area. Does anyone know what his position is on String Theory? I remember reading recently that some people thought it was all rubbish.

If you're interested in learning a little about string theory, "The Elegant Universe" by Briane Greene is a great place to start. Its more of a popular-science type book, using simple and interesting example. NOVA also made a good tv series under the same name, hosted by Briane Green. Its good stuff, you should check it out. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/elegant/ [pbs.org] Cheers, Jim

Re:String Theory? (2, Informative)

flawedconceptions (1000049) | more than 7 years ago | (#16447623)

Hawking has been working in string theory lately. He gave a public lecture at the Strings 06 conference in China this past summer, and his recent-ish work on the entropy of black holes (reported here maybe last year) was done in the framework of string theory.

I should be careful, though: it's a pretty large field. By some reckonings strings are everything in theoretical high-energy physics *except* the theories that are explicitly not string theory (loop gravity, the field of recent Slashdot-ee Lee Smolin, Roger Penrose's twistors, various discretized spacetime theories, and so forth).

Re:String Theory? (3, Interesting)

anubi (640541) | more than 7 years ago | (#16449023)

Finally, a serious thread in this story...

I would love to see Hawking's reply to String Theory.

After trying to read the "Elegant Universe", I became more convinced than ever that String Theory as really grasping at straws, but when surrounded by darkness, a straw is better than empty space.

I haven't the foggiest idea where the truth really lies. Maybe Hawking does. In any event, there are not many more illustrative ways of communicating one's ideas than a good animated presentation.

Dont ya know Einstein was riding on the same confusion regarding gravity being nothing more than our perception of a time warp which is influenced by the presence of mass? And we still apparently don't know why.

I have seen much discussion involving the "graviton", relating it to the photon. Apparently I can stop a photonic flux with a photonic shield ( aka "sunshade" )... anyone been able to shade matter from the "graviton flux" yet? I haven't seen it.

It may be a long time before I can really accept any of the theory as fact, but nevertheless, I would love to see their concept of what they think happened.

Will this be . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16446611)

an action movie?

Re:Will this be . . . (2, Insightful)

east coast (590680) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446901)

You think you're cute, bitch, but you'll be thinking otherwise when you see MC Hawking roll up with Samuel L Jackson and Ice Cube in their '64 and bust a few caps in your ass with their A-Ks.

rented car (0, Offtopic)

Magic Fingers (1001498) | more than 7 years ago | (#16446719)

Some people say a front-engine car handles best. Some people say a rear-engine car handles best. I say a rented car handles best. -- P.J. O'Rourke

The title will be... (1)

TempeTerra (83076) | more than 7 years ago | (#16447199)

...Snakes on a Hyperplane!

<HawkingVoice>Who let these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking hyperplane?</HawkingVoice>

they should... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16447237)

throw stephen colbert as main protagonist though he probably be laughing his ass off at stephen hawking

Duh.. where do you keep your (1)

popeye44 (929152) | more than 7 years ago | (#16447265)


Nuclear Wessels?
HERE! The USS Enterprise was the world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, having eight reactor powering four shafts, two of those reactors reactors powering each shaft. With nuclear power came the ability for aircraft carries to sustain operations longer, have more endurance themselves, and the many other capabilities and innovations now common to the Nimitz class nuclear aircraft carriers. And if memory serves me.. when I was on this ship it was the fastest in the fleet. They could outrun any other carrier.

"the cause of the big bang itself" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16448093)

Chuck Norris, of course.

Sheesh.

Wait! (1)

red5 (51324) | more than 7 years ago | (#16448169)

Hawking is a Brit? How come he talks with an American accent? They couldn't give him a voice box with an English accent?

Plot Summary (1)

Bemmu (42122) | more than 7 years ago | (#16449243)

Physicist Stephen Hawking crashes his car on a snowy Colorado road. He is found by Annie Wilkes, the "number one fan" of Hawking's heroine Misery Chastaine. Annie is also somewhat unstable, and Professor Hawking finds himself crippled, drugged and at her mercy. Annie forces Hawking to spend his days examining her black hole, confined to his wheelchair.

Alternate Theory of the Universe (2, Interesting)

Digital Vomit (891734) | more than 7 years ago | (#16451265)

I'm still waiting for my buddy's theory of the universe to be disproven:

"Matter [and energy] is nothing more than carefully arranged empty space."

Cause of Big Bang? (3, Interesting)

kalirion (728907) | more than 7 years ago | (#16451935)

Isn't it accepted by most cosmologists that time came into existance with the Big Bang? Kind of makes it hard for a cause-effect relationship, doesn't it?
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