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Robert Ramsay sez on 04.15.11 @13:45gmt:
"'The Wall of Years' by Andrew Stephenson"
Actually, I've not read that, but you do raise a very good point about how it might actually be very cool to make films out of the lesser-known stuff, if the stories are really very good.
Asimov future history.
He himself glued all of them together including a set of childrens books, the robot books, Foundation series and another series.
Smith Lensman series
Live action in the same style as 1930s adventures.
Niven Ring World - but a lot of his stuff the style is so dated
Live action again
Brin Uplift series
Live action with tons of CGI, and complete with text messagers favourite alien.
Actually not sure
I'd love to see Stalinslaw Lem's Pirx the Pilot series get a good film deal or cable series treatment. They are good SciFi but they also revolve heavily around the development of the central character from an uncertain cadet to an experienced pilot. The series could transition well to the screen without huge CGI budgets.
"Rendezvous With Rama" would be good, except that the only director I'd want anywhere near it -- Stanley Kubrick -- is long dead.
And, no; I wouldn't let George Lucas anywhere _near_ any of these stories. Ridley Scott, maybe, as I thought "Blade Runner" was excellent, but Lucas? P'ah. Every "Star Wars" movie but the first one was a goddamn' toy commercial. Too bad Lucas only had one decent movie in him ("THX 1138").
No arg wrt Star Wars.
In the general category of dystopic futures, THX1138 was terrible!
Problems with THX1138:
- Where exactly did the drone guy learn to drive futuristic Lamborginis like a professional driver and handle handguns like a pro?
- In such a tightly controlled society, why is access to the underground roadways he escapes into not limited?
- At the end of the movies the drone guy escapes to 'outside', but we never see what is outside!
THX1138 lived up exactly to Lucas' low standards. It is 90-odd minutes of loose ends and unanswered questions.
THX1138 was a knock-off effort by Lucas merely playing on California nanny-state.
"Brin Uplift series"
The Uplift saga would make a few good-to-spectacular movies depending on who did the adaptation and who directed it.
Some of Ring world has been done. I rented The Colour of Magic a couple years back. The books are good, but the movie didn't do it justice (but isn't that always the case?)
The Foundation series places the whole of humanity's future in the hands of a secretive band of self-appointed back stage manipulators, answerable to no one.
It is the primal conspiracy theory, given a geek's adolescent intellectual gloss.
Heinlein's Future History always struck me as more open, more interesting and more human.
Harry Harrison's book about a second rate Hollywood film directory making a film about Vikings with the aid of a mad professor who has invented a Time machine, thus permitting the film to use real locations and real Vikings as extras... the film of the book of the film of the book (well saga)
How about a character driven story that follows some politically correct stereotypes as they come to terms with their life experiences and learn that only by mutual respect and working as a team can they overcome the challenges they confront. This could all be based on a big spaceship or in the future or something and have an educational underling plot to do with the environment, or something.
<me wakes up with a start in a cold sweat breathing heavily />
Seriously though, any one of the Dan Abnett Warhammer 40k novels, preferably Horus Rising.
Not exactly the most thought provoking sci-fi in the world but it would make a freeking awesome movie. If you want intellectual sci-fi, books are the best platform anyway.
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