Combine a comedic, out-of-print science fiction book, and the uncertain star power of Jon Heder, and what will you get? I'm not sure, but I don't think it'll be Moon.

Variety reports that Heder has nabbed the lead in Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede, an adaptation of Bradley Denton's 1992 sci-fi novel that'll be directed by newcomer Robert Rugan. I'll confess right up front that I vaguely remember the title, but never read it. But since the book is out of print, I'm not going to be uncool or alone in that club.

The story follows an ordinary man named Oliver Vale, who has his life turned upside down when Buddy Holly takes over all television stations and declares himself not only to be alive (on Ganymede, presumably) but insists that Vale is the only man who can interpret his message. Vale becomes pursued by evil aliens, government authorities and probably just really crazy people as he flees his destiny, and befriends a robot dog. It's said to be chock full of rock and roll references while tackling all those meaty issues so often prevalent in science fiction -- religious belief, morality, the pitfalls of society, and other topics that are safely discussed only when there are Martians around. As I desperately want a sci-fi renaissance (and I think it's here), I'll throw my support behind Buddy Holly, and hope it isn't as kitschy as it looks from here.
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