Many of you will be aware that Chip Johannessen’s inspiration for this episode began with the real life experiences of Chris McCandless. Like Alex Glaser, the disillusioned McCandless abandoned all of his worldly possessions to take a new name and immerse himself in the Alaskan wilderness. Ultimately, mounting perils and misfortune caused McCandless to die of starvation on August 18, 1992.
Into the Wild (the book and inspiration for Luminary) was made into a feature film in 2007, directed by Sean Penn and starring actor Emile Hirsch as Christopher McCandless and has become a firm favourite of those Millennium fans who have had a chance to view it. It is powerful and emotionally challenging film and any fan of Luminary will enjoy the considerable overlap between the two stories.
Please remember to send those postcards to Steve Asbell at 20th Century Fox – that’s what the fun and games are for when all is said and done. Use this week to make another push to bring back Frank Black!