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Books to Film - What would you like to see?

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 5:48 AM

RIPWASH


We've been discussing the Harry Potter films in another thread and that got me thinking. Which of your favorite books would you like to see produced in movie form (if it hasn't been done already, of course)? What would scare you about your favorite book being made into a movie?

I've got two:
#1: The King Raven Trilogy by Stephen Lawhead - a re-telling of the Robin Hood story from a historical fiction aspect. Lawhead is a Celtic scholar who researched it quite a bit and this is his take on how the myth might have gotten started.
#2: Rally Cry by William Forstchen - a little "out there" for some, I suppose. A Union regiment during the Civil War is whisked mysteriously away to another world where this has been happening for centuries (people being transported there). The inhabitants of this world are viscous being who hunt down, slaughter and eat humans like cattle. The regiment doesn't take this lying down and decides to rally the humans to fight back and regain their honor and dignity. It was actually a series of like 5 books or more. Good stuff.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 6:22 AM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


Ringworld, by Larry Niven.

Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand.

Swan Song, by Robert R. McCammon

Gateway, by Frederick Pohl

Orphans of the Sky, by Robert Heinlein

Inferno, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle



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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 6:52 AM

NEWOLDBROWNCOAT


There's a Robert Heinlein short story, Coventry, that would be a natural for a TV movie-- for sci- fi, the special effects are minimal, everything else could be shot backlot or easy locations-- it's got a Western or American Southwest feel to it, kinda locations Firefly used, so it would be cheap. It's got good plot, but not too much, good theme, some action, and it's not set too far into the future. Most of the technology has already come about.
On a more ambitious level, RAH's theocracy/revolution novel," If This Goes On--"would be great for somebody to film, and timely. 'Course, the Christian fundies would rise up against it, probably riot in the streets, which would scare off almost any studio or producer.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 7:07 AM

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 12:19 PM

ECGORDON

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Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun, which would have to be a mini-series at least, or four or five movies.

Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination.

David Gerrold's War Against the Chtorr series would make another multi-part spectacle. Also, his Dingilliad trilogy.

Fritz Leiber's Our Lady of Darkness.

Someone needs to remake Starship Troopers, and respect the text this time, dammit!

And while we're talking Heinlein, practically anything of his, especially a mini-series of The Future History, which would include both "If This Goes On..." and "Coventry" mentioned above. Also, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, for which Tim Minear has written a screenplay, and although I didn't like a few changes he made right at the beginning, if he let me have a crack at a re-write I think it could be great.




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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 7:47 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


The Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy, by Elizabeth Moon.

The Serrano/Suiza series, by Elizabeth Moon.

The Prey series, by John Sandford aka John Camp. The film rights have been held for some time, no script finalizations yet.
Plus the spin-off series, with Virgil Flowers.

Red Phoenix, by Larry Bond.

Dark Rivers of the Heart, by Dean Koontz.

Avenger, by Forsythe I think.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 8:17 PM

NEWOLDBROWNCOAT


Quote:

Originally posted by ecgordon:


Someone needs to remake Starship Troopers, and respect the text this time, dammit!

Also, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, for which Tim Minear has written a screenplay, and although I didn't like a few changes he made right at the beginning, if he let me have a crack at a re-write I think it could be great.


I agree with you about Starship Troopers.
I once followed the links to Tim Minear's Moon is A Harsh Mistress screen play, with high hopes. But the stuff he added to the story was terrible. To salvage what RAH wrote would rquire scrapping the entire screen play

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 7:41 AM

WASHNWEAR


I would like to se Terry Pratchett's Disc World universe brought to the screen, maybe one of the books focusing on the Watch or on the Witches.

Would also like to see one of Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan stories screenplay-ified...maybe Barrayar, or Shards of Honor, or one or all of the short stories in Borders of Infinity.

And Heinlein...well, gee - what right-thinking individual wouldn't kill to see that done properly? Orphans in the Sky is one that occurred to me also, as well as Stranger in a Strange Land. Time Enough for Love might lend itself to adaptation, in that the sort of "modular" narrative might make it easier to weed out just what to put on the screen (I'm figuring some weeding would be necessary/beneficial - it's a pretty dense read). I guess the same quality might also make it more susceptible to butchery, but that's a risk with bringing anybody's stuff to film/TV. I've heard that there was some kind of movie version of Heinlein's Puppet Masters featuring Donald Sutherland - anybody know anything about that?

BTW, I don't want any of the above done without Peter Jackson signed on in some capacity.



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Thursday, July 30, 2009 7:56 AM

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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.



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Thursday, July 30, 2009 8:42 AM

ECGORDON

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Quote:

Originally posted by WASHnwear:
And Heinlein...(snip)Time Enough for Love might lend itself to adaptation, in that the sort of "modular" narrative might make it easier to weed out just what to put on the screen.
(snip)


When I mentioned The Future History, I would include with that Lazarus Long's story as it began in Methuselah's Children, and beyond into Time Enough for Love and the later novels Number of the Beast and To Sail Beyond the Sunset. Lazarus' story alone could fill four or five movies, and they could begin with the Time Enough for Love scenes on Secundus, then flashing back to Methuselah's Children and his adventures with Andy Libby, etc.
Quote:

I've heard that there was some kind of movie version of Heinlein's Puppet Masters featuring Donald Sutherland - anybody know anything about that?

It's watchable. I have it on DVD, and have seen it several times, including twice in the theater when it was first released. It suffers from budget restraints, along with a story that was somewhat original when Heinlein wrote it, but when the film was made most people thought it was ripping off Invasion of the Body Snatchers or any number of other books and films that actually stole from it.



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Thursday, July 30, 2009 9:09 AM

MSA


Dresden Files... I know they did that brief " alternate universe tv show" but I'd really love to see the books done and done right

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 10:00 AM

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Quote:

Originally posted by MsA:
Dresden Files... I know they did that brief " alternate universe tv show" but I'd really love to see the books done and done right


Word. A show that actually followed the books would be awesome. I think it would translate well to the screen, too, unlike my very favorite trilogy, which I don't think could ever be done.
And I was so excited to hear that the Sword of Truth books were being made into a show. Too bad the show bears pretty much no resemblance to the story. Grr. Arg.
This sounds silly, but I'd like to see a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon. I know Watterson is dead-set against that, and I know he has good reason to be, but I think it would be super fun, myself.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 10:11 AM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K. LeGuin. I know, it's been done (early 80s, PBS if memory serves), but it could be done newer, better. A miniseries would be just about right for it.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 1:27 PM

ECGORDON

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Quote:

Originally posted by Kwicko:
The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K. LeGuin. I know, it's been done (early 80s, PBS if memory serves), but it could be done newer, better. A miniseries would be just about right for it.


It was remade in 2002 by A&E, and they butchered it as much as they did Andromeda Strain, and I fear they're going to do the same with The Prisoner.



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Thursday, July 30, 2009 2:09 PM

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Any or all of H Beam Piper's "Fuzzy" Novels would be good. There's a Frontier feel to the sunstone mining camps that would appeal to the Browncoats out there. For those unfamiliar, the titles were "Little Fuzzy", "Fuzzy Sapiens", and (posthumously) "Fuzzies and other people". They were compiled as "the Fuzzy Chronicles" in the late 1970s.

Ditto to all the Heinlein suggestions,

Asimov's Robot Detective Novels would be Shiny; "Caves Of Steel", The Naked Sun", "Robots of Dawn". The Foundation Series would make a great TV Show or miniseries, IMO.

Arthur C Clarke's "Songs of Distant Earth" would make a great film, provided a genius like Greg Edmonson did the Soundtrack.

And if you want to make a film of an Ayn Rand Novel, "Anthem" would be perfect. It's set in a bleak future time, when "group mentality" has gone to such an extreme that the words "I" and "Me" have disappeared from our language.



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Thursday, July 30, 2009 2:55 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


Quote:

Originally posted by ecgordon:
Quote:

Originally posted by Kwicko:
The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K. LeGuin. I know, it's been done (early 80s, PBS if memory serves), but it could be done newer, better. A miniseries would be just about right for it.


It was remade in 2002 by A&E, and they butchered it as much as they did Andromeda Strain, and I fear they're going to do the same with The Prisoner.





OH, Christ - you're right! I vaguely remember trying to watch it, and being horrified by what they'd ruined!

Okay, maybe they SHOULDN'T remake it. Just reissue the original 1980 version. I have fond memories of that one.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 2:59 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


Quote:


And if you want to make a film of an Ayn Rand Novel, "Anthem" would be perfect. It's set in a bleak future time, when "group mentality" has gone to such an extreme that the words "I" and "Me" have disappeared from our language.




It would be a good subject for a movie. I think Atlas Shrugged would HAVE to be a miniseries - and a pretty damned long one at that.

I don't necessarily subscribe to Randian Objectivism, but I do enjoy her novels; they definitely make me think and re-examine some of my ideas and preconceptions...

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 4:15 PM

TDBROWN


Quote:

Originally posted by Kwicko:
Quote:


And if you want to make a film of an Ayn Rand Novel, "Anthem" would be perfect. It's set in a bleak future time, when "group mentality" has gone to such an extreme that the words "I" and "Me" have disappeared from our language.




It would be a good subject for a movie. I think Atlas Shrugged would HAVE to be a miniseries - and a pretty damned long one at that.

I don't necessarily subscribe to Randian Objectivism, but I do enjoy her novels; they definitely make me think and re-examine some of my ideas and preconceptions...



I don't totally agree with her philosophy either, but "Anthem", if modernized a bit, is a very compelling story. The Fountainhead was done as a film long ago, and I believe they might have also made a film of Atlas Shrugged; I'll check on that.

ETA: I found it! It's going to be released in 2011! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480239/

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 5:00 PM

ECGORDON

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That production of Atlas Shrugged is still just in the speculation stage at the moment. It is proposed for it to be a mini-series for a new cable network called Epix, co-owned by Lionsgate Films and MGM. Doesn't mean it will ever get made.



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Thursday, July 30, 2009 5:35 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


It'd be interesting to see it, though. I wonder how close they'd stay to the source material.

I've got The Fountainhead on DVD. It's okay. Decent for its time, I suppose. Stars Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal. Her, I get, but Gary Cooper as Howard Roark? Really?

So I'm guessing Ban Afleck will be John Galt...

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 6:22 PM

UNABASHEDVIXEN


In the sci-fi genre, since that seems to be the theme of this thread, Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. Really different from all her other stuff but very interesting and visual, so I think it would translate well to the screen.

I think many of the film versions of Stephen King's books are godawful, but there are some notable exceptions (The Shawshank Redemption, Misery) and in that vein I would love to see The Eyes of the Dragon made into a movie. The subject matter would lend itself well - it's basically an Arthurian-type fantasy and just a cool story. I read it when I was 10 and have loved it ever since.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 6:45 PM

NCBROWNCOAT


Quote:

Originally posted by JLin:
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.





It's been in "development hell" for a long time. It' seem OSC hasn't liked any of the adaptations so far.

I'd like to see his "Shadow" series on the screen. Lots of commentary about world wide politics and lots of action. And the most technically challenging CGI would be the growth of Bean from a little runt into a giant.

I'd also like to see the Eve Dallas novels by J.D. Robb. They are more than romance novels. Good mysteries and set just enough in the future that it's interesting but not foreign.

The difficulty would be casting Eve. A friend once described her as a "Pitbull" in terms of temperment, but she's also emotionally scared from her past but hides it except when she's alone. And physically she's the tall, athletic type seldom found in Hollywood.


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Friday, July 31, 2009 1:59 AM

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Friday, July 31, 2009 2:09 AM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


And silly me, I love a good series...

I'd have loved to see Mel Gibson do more of the Richard Stark novels as movies. I loved "Payback"; I would've liked to see him do the whole series.

And I was kind of hoping someone would "reboot" the Tom Clancy "Jack Ryan" stories. But jump right in and shoot all of them at once, or close together, so you get the same look and feel throughout the stories, and use the same cast.

Those are daunting tasks, though, and nobody seems willing to take that much of a risk trying to launch a franchise.


'Course, the BEST book-to-movie thing we could ever hope for would involve our favorite li'l cargo ship...

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Friday, July 31, 2009 2:55 AM

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Friday, July 31, 2009 5:10 AM

NEWOLDBROWNCOAT


Quote:

Originally posted by WASHnwear:
I've heard that there was some kind of movie version of Heinlein's Puppet Masters featuring Donald Sutherland - anybody know anything about that?


I've seen it... It's not BAD . It is a disappointment for anyone who's a real fan of RAH. Saw an essay about it by the filmmakers, who were RAH fans. They started out with 7 plot items/ theme points that they thought were the essence of RAH's novel. BY the time they fought and lost their battles with the studio, production company,etc. 2-1/2 of their items made it onto the screen.

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Sunday, August 2, 2009 8:52 AM

SERYN


more on the fantasy end of things, but i'd love to see Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke - i think Del Toro or someone like him could do a fantastic job with Dave McKean on art direction.
The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde, but how I don't know as they are nigh on unfilmable being so book-centric - translating the type based joke sequences would be a mission.
The Landover novels by Terry Brooks - where a guy purchases a magical kingdom from a department store christmas catalogue. I always thought it would make a great family movie.
The Scar by China Mieville
Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith - It could go two ways, they could make an action adventure through a fantastic sci-fi world or a really dark thriller, depending on what they edit out of the script. But it should be made - some of the passages would be stunning in film.



(and this post was bought to you by being up way past my bed time.)

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Sunday, August 2, 2009 2:08 PM

NCBROWNCOAT


Quote:

Originally posted by Kwicko:
And silly me, I love a good series...

I'd have loved to see Mel Gibson do more of the Richard Stark novels as movies. I loved "Payback"; I would've liked to see him do the whole series.

And I was kind of hoping someone would "reboot" the Tom Clancy "Jack Ryan" stories. But jump right in and shoot all of them at once, or close together, so you get the same look and feel throughout the stories, and use the same cast.

Those are daunting tasks, though, and nobody seems willing to take that much of a risk trying to launch a franchise.


'Course, the BEST book-to-movie thing we could ever hope for would involve our favorite li'l cargo ship...



Rebooting the Tom Clancy "Jack Ryan" franchise sounds really good. The ones that were done with Harrison Ford and the one with Alex Baldwin were very well done.

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Monday, August 3, 2009 5:46 PM

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Monday, August 3, 2009 5:48 PM

PEACEKEEPER

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Quote:

Originally posted by seryn:
more on the fantasy end of things, but i'd love to see Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke - i think Del Toro or someone like him could do a fantastic job with Dave McKean on art direction.
The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde, but how I don't know as they are nigh on unfilmable being so book-centric - translating the type based joke sequences would be a mission.
The Landover novels by Terry Brooks - where a guy purchases a magical kingdom from a department store christmas catalogue. I always thought it would make a great family movie.
The Scar by China Mieville
Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith - It could go two ways, they could make an action adventure through a fantastic sci-fi world or a really dark thriller, depending on what they edit out of the script. But it should be made - some of the passages would be stunning in film.



(and this post was bought to you by being up way past my bed time.)

Have you read The Straw Men trilogy by the same author? Now that would be some good viewing.

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Monday, August 3, 2009 6:15 PM

MANGOLO


In most ways, it is more of what would work for film without the chance of trashing something that in its literary form is too awesome for the typical genre director.

Any Richard Morgan books are written in such a way that even Michael Bay couldn't really screw them up.

Although I love Varley's books, I think it would be a rare director that could pull off any of his older work, but his recent books would work.

Neal Stephenson's work is so dense. I'd love to have a crack at it, but I think most directors would turn his books into simple action / adventures.

Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat series I think would be easy to adapt and a lot of fun.

One book we tried to option was Sewer, Gas, and Electric by Matt Ruff. A great comedy sci-fi book with lots of snarky dialog and fun physical comedic potentials, but, though Matt was interested, his agent was totally unreasonable for the option.





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Tuesday, August 4, 2009 11:37 AM

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Quote:

Originally posted by peacekeeper:

Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith - It could go two ways, they could make an action adventure through a fantastic sci-fi world or a really dark thriller, depending on what they edit out of the script. But it should be made - some of the passages would be stunning in film

Have you read The Straw Men trilogy by the same author? Now that would be some good viewing.

I have! and i did think about that, but cripesallmighty i couldn't sleep for a week after reading them I'd never sleep again seeing it in film.

I got really excited when that The Island came out. i thought it would be very much like Spares, another one of his sci-fi books, and then wished like hell that they had just made Spares instead.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009 2:35 PM

BORIS


I'd like to see some of my favourite childhood books made into movies if they haven't already been:
The Ramona books by Beverly cleary, My naughty little sister, Herman the great the Anne Mccaffrey dragon riders of of Pern stuff etc etc. I'd also like to see film versions of Andy Griffiths books (brilliant Australian Kid's author)

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009 2:38 PM

BORIS


I'd also love to see some of Kinky Friedman's stuff filmed or televised.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009 3:09 PM

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Neal Stephenson's "Anathem" would be a great series. "Cryptonomicon" as well. And his "Baroque Cycle" trilogy. Perhaps best left to the tender mercies of the BBC..

"Un Lun Dun" by China Mieville.

"The Looking Glass Wars" by wossname, tip of the tongue.

Echoing the votes for all things Pratchetty, ditto the McMaster Bujold. I'm a little worried about the inner workings and musings being lost in the translation.

Steven Brust's "Vlad Taltos" series has loads of potential, plus: is funny.

The "Benjamin January" series is a good murder mystery/costume option. Plus, allows the too rare opportunity for showcasing of talent for people of color in a non-modern setting, as it's set in the demimonde of New Orleans before the civil war. The protagonist is a trained surgeon and pianist. It just gets better from there. There are roles you could really sink your teeth into and tear up.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009 3:12 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


Quote:

Originally posted by boris:
I'd like to see some of my favourite childhood books made into movies if they haven't already been:
The Ramona books by Beverly cleary, My naughty little sister, Herman the great the Anne Mccaffrey dragon riders of of Pern stuff etc etc. I'd also like to see film versions of Andy Griffiths books (brilliant Australian Kid's author)



Don't know if it's any consolation, but Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are" is coming out soon as a live-action movie... and for some reason I'm kinda giddy about that!

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009 10:09 AM

VERAVERA


Everville by Clive Barker
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009 10:11 AM

RIPWASH


Quote:

Originally posted by Kwicko:
Quote:

Originally posted by boris:
I'd like to see some of my favourite childhood books made into movies if they haven't already been:
The Ramona books by Beverly cleary, My naughty little sister, Herman the great the Anne Mccaffrey dragon riders of of Pern stuff etc etc. I'd also like to see film versions of Andy Griffiths books (brilliant Australian Kid's author)



Don't know if it's any consolation, but Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are" is coming out soon as a live-action movie... and for some reason I'm kinda giddy about that!



Abso-floggin'-lutely! The trailer looks awfully darn good. I'm pretty excited my own self.

Okay folks, in addition to just naming the books and the authors, tell a little of what the books are about! WHY would they be a good movie?

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009 11:41 AM

WASHNWEAR


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Originally posted by stinkingrose:
... Echoing the votes for all things Pratchetty, ditto the McMaster Bujold. I'm a little worried about the inner workings and musings being lost in the translation.



I know what you mean - there's potential a-plenty for disappointment. Hence my childlike-insistence that Peter Jackson be involved.

One thing I do know, regardless who held the reins in such an endeavor: To see some Pratchett or Bujold on the big screen, and have even half the reaction I had to all 3 installments of Lord of the Rings...would be a very fine thing, indeed.



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Still...what would Rorschach do?

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009 11:50 AM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


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Originally posted by RIPWash:
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Originally posted by Kwicko:
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Originally posted by boris:
I'd like to see some of my favourite childhood books made into movies if they haven't already been:
The Ramona books by Beverly cleary, My naughty little sister, Herman the great the Anne Mccaffrey dragon riders of of Pern stuff etc etc. I'd also like to see film versions of Andy Griffiths books (brilliant Australian Kid's author)



Don't know if it's any consolation, but Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are" is coming out soon as a live-action movie... and for some reason I'm kinda giddy about that!



Abso-floggin'-lutely! The trailer looks awfully darn good. I'm pretty excited my own self.

Okay folks, in addition to just naming the books and the authors, tell a little of what the books are about! WHY would they be a good movie?

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"It's okay! I'm a leaf on the wind!!!"
"What does that mean?!?!?!"



Hmmmm... Let's see...

The Lathe of Heaven is the story of George Orr, a man who wants to stop dreaming. Why? Because what he dreams comes true. Only problem is, he's the only one who knows it. He dreams, the world changes, and to everyone else in the world, that's just the way it's always been - or there's a perfectly good reason for why it's that way now.

Anyhoo, he hooks up with a shrink who starts "directing" his dreams. In other words, the shrink believes him, and decides to use Orr's dreams to reshape the world into his vision of what it should be. It never works out quite the way he intends, though, and there are some ghastly and disastrous consequences. In fact, it's a pretty strong "right-wing" message, in its own way; the shrink has his leftist Utopian ideals, but the measures he takes to enact them have radical unforeseen consequences!

If you can track down the PBS miniseries, I'd strongly recommend it. I'd love to see it re-done, but better. That A&E dreck doesn't count!

Mike

Sweeping generalizations are always wrong!

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Friday, August 7, 2009 4:41 AM

RIPWASH


Back to "Where the Wild Things Are"

Here's the new trailer for it.

http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1808412037/video/14932815

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Friday, August 7, 2009 4:58 AM

CHAPTERANDVERSE


Looking forward to Where the Wild Things Are.

Would love to see a good, accurate big-screen version of Le Guin's Wizard of Earthsea.

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Friday, August 7, 2009 8:26 AM

MANGOLO


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Originally posted by chapterandverse:
Looking forward to Where the Wild Things Are.

Would love to see a good, accurate big-screen version of Le Guin's Wizard of Earthsea.



We've already pointed out the lameness of the live action version of Earthsea. I got my hands on the anime adaptation of Earthsea. Lame for a whole different set of reasons.


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Friday, August 7, 2009 12:37 PM

CHAPTERANDVERSE


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Originally posted by chapterandverse:
Looking forward to Where the Wild Things Are.

Would love to see a good, accurate big-screen version of Le Guin's Wizard of Earthsea.



We've already pointed out the lameness of the live action version of Earthsea. I got my hands on the anime adaptation of Earthsea. Lame for a whole different set of reasons.




It is such an excellent, well-told story, it is a shame that it has been messed about with. Le Guin herself has spoke about her disappointment with the adaptations. There appears to be no such thing as fool-proof in Hollywood.

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Friday, August 7, 2009 12:49 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


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There appears to be no such thing as fool-proof in Hollywood.


Make something more foolproof, Hollywood will bring you a better fool.

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Friday, August 7, 2009 12:55 PM

CHAPTERANDVERSE


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There appears to be no such thing as fool-proof in Hollywood.


Make something more foolproof, Hollywood will bring you a better fool.



To quote the great bard himself, true dat.

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Friday, August 7, 2009 2:19 PM

PHOENIXROSE

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Christoper Moore


Ah, that reminds me, I'd like to see Bloodsucking Fiends: a love story. And possibly Lamb, although I can imagine ten kinds of fit being thrown about that.

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Friday, August 7, 2009 5:17 PM

DMAANLILEILTT


"seven ancient (deadly in the us) wonders" by matthew reilly, kinda cheesy action movie but with good actors and good filmakers (perhaps even mutant enemy) it could be a high-quality one

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