The city of Ember may not have any views of the outside world, but it has some lovely vistas nonetheless - just look at this underground river and the system of bridges and walkways it supports. Too bad the post-apocalyptic underground city is doomed because its power source is finally going out. Click through for a few more pics of the expansive underground world of Ember, plus City Of Ember director Gil Kenan's thoughts on the adapted screenplay and whether he's going to go all Shyamalan on us.
The Geeks of Doom interviewed Ciy of Ember director Gil Kenan and he promises his movie's look into the future won't get overly preachy about recycling.
There's never a "Let's take a step back and realize what we've just learned here, kids," and there certainly isn't that in the film. But when the film wraps up and you walk out of the theater I hope there's a realization that this place where we live, ya know, is finite and we do need to appreciate it while we still got it. That's woven into the fabric of the film.
Kenan also explained that they took some liberties with the screen translation.
Yeah, we did add some elements. We're very respectful of the material because Jeanne Duprau wrote an incredible novel. But novels are meant to be read, not seen on screen and so to create this thing as a living, breathing presence of its own, we had to take a story that was kind of text-based puzzles and find a way to translate that into something that was cinematic. We created a visual language that gave the audience the thrill of solving the puzzle, but in a non-passive way.