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mw

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« Reply #40 on: 11-23-2004 16:48 »

 
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Originally posted by newhook_1:

I seriously want to see a movie version of The Picture of Dorian Gray directed by Tim Burton.

Whoa, great idea! I quite liked the novel, although it's a long time since I've read it. Burton would be just perfect for the job.

I heard there are plans of turning the Hyperion Cantos into a movie. Now this is one of my favorite SF series, but somehow I think it wouldn't translate to film too well. But then again I always thought the same thing of Lord of the Rings, so I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt.

Supposedly Scorsese has already signed on for directing it. No problems there. Unfortunately Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be the prime choice for playing Raoul Endymion, which would be a complete miscast IMHO.   hmpf
Malachy

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« Reply #41 on: 11-24-2004 08:42 »

A film version of 1984 would be cool...but it would have to be done by someone with talent...and definitely not Steven Spielberg.

SlackJawedMoron

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« Reply #42 on: 11-24-2004 09:40 »

There already was a 1984 film...

Complete with soundtrack by Eurythmix!
Nerd-o-rama

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« Reply #43 on: 11-24-2004 11:31 »

Yeah, that one kinda sucked.  Bad cinematography, bad screenplay, miled-in acting.  They need a new one.  By Michael Moore, maybe?
*Smacks self across face.  Then smacks Michael Moore across face.*

Alright, I don't really know any good producers/directors for it, but it's definitely a classy, mostly action-free film that deserves artistic treatment, rather than today's over the top special effects bukkake.  Not that I don't like the special effects bukkake, I just don't want it to turn into I, Robot.
Delta-V

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« Reply #44 on: 11-24-2004 12:00 »

I'm not sure I really want any of my favorite books made into movies.  They usually hack up the book plot so bad, you can hardly tell it's from the book.  I mean, 'I, Robot' only took a couple of plot points from the book.  'Starship Troopers' was made from just a couple of paragraphs from the book.

On the other hand, 'Gettysburg' was a great adaptation of 'The Killer Angels', and of course 'Lord of the Rings' did a pretty good job on condensing that book.

I'd like to see 'Starship Troopers' done properly, keeping the original intent and including the MI's power armor.  I'd also like 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress' done into a movie.  Anne McCaffery's Dragonriders of Pern series would make a great movie, with CG dragons.
Malachy

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« Reply #45 on: 11-24-2004 21:51 »

A good film version of Animal Farm would be nice too.

Also, whoever said Burton directing a Dorian Gray adaptation is a genius.
fryfanSpyOrama

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« Reply #46 on: 01-19-2005 02:35 »

The followimng movies are coming out this year that are based from books:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
War Of the World
Red Dwarf (Supposely)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Curious George
Ben

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« Reply #47 on: 01-19-2005 06:50 »
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Originally posted by Nerd-o-rama:
They need a new one.  By Michael Moore, maybe?

Fuck off... Michael Moore is more likely to be in Ingsoc as opposed to making a movie deriding the concept.

The movie made in 1984 wasn't that bad. I think that you'd have to had read the book to get the most out of it, but it was a worthwhile effort. I reckon they should give the project to David Fincher if they're going to make a new one. Get Floria Sigismondi on board for the visuals - she's got the whole totalitarian, oppressive aesthetic down pat.

Watch Brazil if you want an awesome film based on Nineteen Eighty-Four...


SlackJawedMoron

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« Reply #48 on: 01-19-2005 07:15 »

But... they killed Michael Palin!

Funnily enough, from a certain point of view, Brazil actually has a happier ending then 1984...
evan

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« Reply #49 on: 01-20-2005 12:46 »

 
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Originally posted by mw:
 I heard there are plans of turning the Hyperion Cantos into a movie. Now this is one of my favorite SF series, but somehow I think it wouldn't translate to film too well. But then again I always thought the same thing of Lord of the Rings, so I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt.

Supposedly Scorsese has already signed on for directing it. No problems there. Unfortunately Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be the prime choice for playing Raoul Endymion, which would be a complete miscast IMHO.    hmpf

I haven't read Hyperion or The Fall of Hyperion in ages, so I can't complain about the casting decisions.  But I don't think the film will be made, so it's all a moot point.  The difference between Hyperion and LOTR is that LOTR is a simple story, in that it's a tale of character X on a trek to place Y.  The Hyperion book, OTOH, is basically 7 short stories that tied together in the end.  I don't think that can work as a movie.

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mw

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« Reply #50 on: 01-21-2005 10:41 »
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Originally posted by evan: The Hyperion book, OTOH, is basically 7 short stories that tied together in the end.  I don't think that can work as a movie.

Which is why the idea was taking parts 3 and 4 (the Endymion half) and integrating it into Fall of Hyperion. A complete rewrite. Can't say I'm fond of that at all.   hmpf

I wouldn't count on that movie not being made. With the recent flood of crappy remakes, Hollywood appears to be running out of ideas. I believe they'll happily jump on Hyperion, even though it may well become a run-of-the-mill sci-fi movie in the process.  mad
El Oso

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« Reply #51 on: 01-22-2005 16:19 »

 I'm kind of curious to see how a kurt vonnegut book would fare as a movie. especially a science fiction one. And fight club did well as a movie, would any other chuck palahniuk novel make a good movie? I think Survivor would be the most interesting.
Pitt Clemens

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« Reply #52 on: 01-22-2005 17:29 »

Good news everyone!
El Oso

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« Reply #53 on: 01-22-2005 22:46 »
« Last Edit on: 01-22-2005 22:46 »

Wow!!! thats awesome. I'm especially excited about the part about Trent Reznor scoring it. Thanx for the great link Pitt  smile
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