“Live Forever – A Ray Bradbury Odyssey” Documents the Life of One of Scifi’s Great Authors

By | Posted on 18 June 2012

O'Kelly & Bradbury

Michael O’Kelly & Ray Bradbury

The science fiction community lost one of its greatest authors recently with the passing of the venerable Ray Bradbury on June 5, 2012 at the age of 91.  Mr. Bradbury was, and is, one of my favorite authors.  His work spans decades and his popularity spans generations.

He lived a longer and much more interesting life than most and now we’ll get a chance to peek behind his curtain of privacy to learn more about the man behind so many stories.  Independent filmmaker Michael O’Kelly (pictured above with Bradbury) became a friend of the acclaimed author several years ago and is producing an authorized documentary about the life of one of the world’s most famous science fiction writers.

Yahoo! Movies is reporting via Deadline that Joe Mantegna’s Acquaviva Productions is involved in the production with Mantegna himself narrating the finished product.

Joe Mantegna’s Acquaviva Productions will produce Live Forever, a documentary on sci-fi icon Ray Bradbury. The Criminal Minds star will also narrate the 90-minute film. The Fahrenheit 451 author died June 5 at age 91, having seen several of his influential works made into films. The authorized documentary is directed and co-produced by Michael O’Kelly. Acquaviva’s Danny Ramm will also co-produce. Edward James Olmos, Dennis Franz, Malcolm McDowell, Hugh Hefner, Jean-Michel Cousteau and the late Roy Disney are among those featured in the film, which is scheduled to be released in December. A possible four-hour TV miniseries version may follow.

From what I can tell no release date has been announced yet, but if you’d like to see a snippet of what may be included in the finished product I’ve got good news for you.  Here is a short, 15 minute teaser film to preceed the finished longer format project.  It’s a fascinating glimpse into the private life and final days of one of Earth’s most imaginative minds.

Bradbury isn’t shy about speaking his mind and he says some pretty interesting and often bizarre things in the clips.  After listening to him speak candidly it’s easy to see how his stories, which were often very strange, came to life.  I will be anxiously awaiting more news about the feature-length film and/or TV miniseries.  The moment I find out anything new I will pass it along to you right here.

If you’d like to keep up with the progress of this project yourself, please visit and like the Live Forever: The Ray Bradbury Odyssey Facebook page.

Editor for Three If By Space. Tom first became interested in science fiction & science as a very young child thanks to his parents. His earliest memories of enjoying scifi were sitting with his dad watching first-run episodes of the original Star Trek. Although a rabid fan of nearly all forms of scripted television, some of Tom’s favorite shows are Firefly, Falling Skies, Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, the X-Files and all versions of both Star Trek and Stargate. He also has a particular love for British television and dearly hopes to one day visit the UK.

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