Inside The Circle’s Surreal Tech Dystopia Inside The Circle’s Surreal Tech Dystopia Director James Ponsoldt explains the influences behind his film’s faux tech giant, including Apple, Google, and. . . Harry Potter? The Circle, the starkly dystopian tech company at the center of Dave Eggers’s eponymous 2013 novel, is constantly described as beautiful: “The campus was vast and rambling, wild with Pacific color, and yet the smallest detail had been carefully considered, shaped by the most eloquent hands,” Eggers writes. But actual tech campuses have taken up a lot of space in the Bay Area—leaving the novel’s adaptors with a puzzle to solve. “We had to decide where to put the campus,” says director James Ponsoldt, speaking at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco. They settled on a pristine stretch of rolling hills, east of San Francisco’s Dumbarton Bridge.
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