Will a Nine Inch Nails music video director tackle Samuel Delany's Dhalgren?

io9 received a tip that Eric A. Zimmerman, the director of Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like A Hole," is looking to create a film based on Samuel Delany's novel Dhalgren, which is about a Midwestern city trapped inside a singularity.


Today we received the following message from the owner of dhalgrenmovie.com:

I am the current (anonymous) owner of the domain dhalgrenmovie.com, which I had planned as a sort of fan art/concept art site inspired by Dhalgren (by Samuel R Delany). I had assumed that there was no way that Dhalgren would ever become a real film [...] I never did anything with the domain. However, I just recieved an email from Eric A Zimmerman, informing me that he now owns all the film and interactive rights to Dhalgren. [...] I will of course hand over the domain to Mr. Zimmerman, since my intent wasn't to 'cyber squat.' But I am still very surprised that someone might be tackling this adaptation, and thought I would pass that info along!


Zimmerman's most notable directorial work has been on music videos, namely Nine Inch Nail's "Head Like A Hole." Here's Zimmerman's email to the owner of the Dhalgrenmovie.com — we'll post the screen shot of the email once our images are back online.

To Whom It May Concern,

I am the holder for all the movie and interactive rights for a movie based on the literary property "Dhalgren" written by Samuel R. Delany.

I would like to discuss with you the domain names:
dhalgrenmovie.com, dhalgrenmovie.net

The use of these names infringes upon the exclusive right to exploit the movie on the internet, and the owner cannot legally use these names because of the movie rights in the property.

Please contact me to discuss. Thank you.

Eric A. Zimmerman
[Phone number]
[Email address]

If Zimmerman is actually pursuing Dhalgren (his website seems to indicate such — Dhalgren is listed as a project under development), we still have no idea how far along Zimmerman is on the project or in what capacity he's even involved with the film. Also, Dhalgren is a 879-page, not entirely linear, love-it-or-hate-it kind of novel. A burning, extra-dimensional, dilapidated city doesn't scream Christmas release, but it's nonetheless fascinating that someone's angling to make this behemoth.

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Josh Wimmer

Whenever the subject of a Dhalgren movie comes up, people say it'll be unfilmable because of the nonlinear narrative or the pages-long monologues on the nature of art or the rambling plot not driven by sharply defined, traditional action. But really I think the biggest obstacle is all the highly graphic man-on-teenage-boy-on-woman sex.