Note: The poll is now closed. Thanks to all of you who voted, and you can see the final result here. Well, the time has come to vote for the best sci-fi movie never made from the list of 50 heavyweight contenders nominated by you, our beloved readers. Before getting down to it, we'd like to point out that we're fully aware a …
No ALL button?
'Tis a shame there is no "ALL".
"If you can't resist voting more than once, come back in an hour for another go."
Woot! Can we have a countdown to voting too so we can optimise our time for the next ....how long is the poll open for again?
Not voting at all is effectively a vote for all.
at least AV <liddle bid-a-politics there>
This is hard...
I dunno, I dunno, I dunno.... I'll have to go re-read some of these.
One of the best things about this poll.
Where is War of the Worlds???
or Blade Runner???
Not your strong point?
Haven't they already been made into films?
<<Where is War of the Worlds???
or Blade Runner???>>
Because this is a list of Films that have never been made.
"War of the Worlds" made about x5 if you count DVD of Jeff Wayne's (which is better to watch than most of the "straight" flims), not counting the at least two sequels!
Blade Runner is the FILM title. The book is "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"
...sorry Nash, looks like at least nine people don't know what irony is eh? Or worse, 9 people thought those were "films" rather than "crimes against humanity".
Have you ever seen any of the movies on this list?
I think you'll find..
I think you'll find that they've been filmed already..
Difficult to decide whether this is a simple troll as we've now had 2 previous topics on this... or if this guy just missed the bus.
rather missed the point there Nash I'm afraid
Did you read the title ?
Firstly War of the Words - been made as a movie 2 or 3 times now and also has had a TV series.
Secondly Blade Runner - this was Only a movie, and I challenge you to read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and think it's a great book.
I'm sure we know perfectly well what irony is, however the following quote is taken from the original article:
"Your nomination should not ever have been made into a film, no matter how bad the result"
So while irony may have been the intent, the result was far more like idiocy.
So in summary....
My reply to Nash's ironic posting was in itself idiotic but not to be outdone my idiot post has been replied by a pedantic one. Everybody wins!
What about War of the Worlds II ?
The Earth Strikes Back?
We capture a Fighting Machine, learn how to make 'em ourselves and then wallop!
Our turn to do some wiping out! Whoosh with our Heat Ray.
Whoosh! And them running and dying, beaten at their own game.
Man on top again!
Re: What about War of the Worlds II
There's one problem with your plot. You missed the part where humanity is wiped out by the Common Martian Splob virus.
@John G Imrie
There is an answer to that:
With just a handful of men,
We'll start all over again!
Take a look around you at the world we've come to know,
Does it seem to be much more than a crazy circus show?
Maybe from the madness something beautiful will grow...
You never heard of the sequel, "Edison's Conquest of Mars"?
Written by Garrett Putman Serviss, it was the first Science fiction story to feature disintegrator guns, space suits, and the first book to claim the Martians built the pyramids.
It was written as a sequel to "War of The Worlds", and it is one of the cheesiest, Deus Ex Machina filled books you'll ever read! Here's the Gutenburg link if anyone's interested:
That's largely the plot of Footfall
The major plot elements of Footfall go:
* Aliens attempt to invade earth
* Humans (Merkins naturally) build a homebrew war machine
* Humans kick relevant portions of alien anatomy
* Aliens surrender
* Humans win.
War of the worlds II
Actually, there was a (at least one! possibly more) pulp sci fi novel sequel, I just can't remember what it was called. Apparently Thomas Edison or some scientist of the period discovered some way to make space ships and as the story went we went up to Mars to whup ass... I'm shitting you not, I just can't remember the title. Yes, it was forgettable.
I refuse to enoble a simple forum post!
Actually, there is already a "War of teh worlds II" its shown ad nauseum on the horror channel, which TBF is the best place for it because it is truly horrible
So there are a couple of Heinlein entries, however, Stranger in a Strange Land (despite being my choice) would make an epic movie that would be rubbish compared to the book...
Now if "I Shall Fear No Evil" was up there, THAT would be an awesome movie... the weird twists and dark undertones would make it not only a strong philosophical Sci-Fi but would also be quite a chiller...
(Off topic) I would have liked...
A proper adaptation of Starship Troopers.. The Voerhoeven one was sooooooo bad.... The book itself is so interesting on so many levels not explored in the film.
that my choice "Legacy of Heorot" by Niven, Barnes & Pournelle" is unlikely to be made into a film. Having witnessed the travesty that is Starship Troopers I can't imagine what Hollywood would do to screw up such a good story.
I mean- the whole point about Starship Troopers is that Heinlein was questioning the way our democracy works, about how the right to vote is a right to be earned. The whole war against the bugs is just the backdrop. And Voerhoeven made a film about the backdrop. Doh!
Every time I reread the book I'm amazed that Heinlein wrote the book to be read by teenagers. He'd been putting out books featuring teenage heroes for about ten years but his publisher turned it down. He took it to another publisher who released it to the mainstream sci-fi market and the rest is history. Without the success of Starship Troopers there would have been no "Stranger in a Strange Land" (which kind of influenced Bowie's film "The Man Who Fell To Earth") and my life would have been poorer for it.
Re: I'm glad
Verhoeven is a lot more subversive than people think he is. Of course Starship Troopers wasn't just about the bugs.
I don't know Verhoeven's style all that well
But, Sarah, if you've not done so already, read Heinlein's Starship Troopers and then compare the themes presented by both. I think you will see there is a big difference.
Some of the most memorable passages in the book are the discussions between the protagonist and his moral philosophy instructor. As noted by a poster above for example, the argument of the franchise to vote being something that has to be earned. Other interesting discussions are on the reasons of why wars should be fought, why infantry will always be needed...
Verhoeven made the film into a satire of right wingedness, which is hardly true to the book. It was truly sickening.
Although this is less of an issue (it's not central to the book to me), to add insult to injury, he made the MobiIe Infantry seem lame - the Japanese anime potrayed the MI in their gorilla suits truer to the novel, but I guess they're used to this powered suit/mecha type thing I guess....
Re: I don't know Verhoeven's style all that well...
Erm... So you wanted a film full of intense polemic ...?
You must be French.
Wot no multiple votes
what sort of democracy is this...?
We want AV!!
How the fuck am I supposed to choose just one! Impossible.
No AV here!
Quite clearly a FPTP system.
Vote for AV!
dont you mean
"wot, no AV"?
Its called Plurality Voting
Also known as First-Past-The-Post...
But your welcome to turn any of the other ones into movies as you like... Just follow the rules about Michael Bay, Paris and Lindsay Lohan, ok?
So many choices...
Found myself scanning the list, picking one, then changing it as I continued down the list, thinking oooh, now that one would be... no, wait, this one... aargh! Can't we just have them all?
Rendezvous With Rama
Not sure if I want to see this made by Hollyruined!
Better just watch this short on Vimeo instead: http://vimeo.com/1989082
You've now posted that link enough times that I will have to take a look tonight when I get home.
One thing though, are you Aaron Ross?
Just too good to miss....
And no I'm not Aaron.
if I had the money I would give it to him just to see the whole film.
Just trying to help out ther poor creatives.
enjoy when you get home and challenge you not to say WOW!
Spot on! That was well worth the watch, hell of a talented guy. Thanks for the link. I'd recommend it to anyone else reading...
The Creeping Terror
Was a brillant film so I'm not sure CGI type remake would do it justice
Never heard of that one...let me Google it.
From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Creeping_Terror
The Creeping Terror is widely considered to have been one of the worst films of all time...
the hell was Market Forces on that list?
Coz it's inferior to altered carbon
Good book but see above
Sure I saw a manga animation of this ages ago
Lensman was an anime series from the mid 80's but diverged wildly from the original books.
Dorsai I believe is currently being made as a *children's* series... (http://sciencefictionworld.com/tv/science-fiction-tv/493-gordon-r-dicksons-dorsai-to-be-filmed.html).
Yep Lensmen should be be removed from the list. It has already been ruined.
Dragon Riders and The Honor series should be made into Five season series and not movies. You can't get stories like them down to a two or three hour movies format.