Oh hey guess what other books about Mars I mixed them up with?
Paramount is ambitiously eyeing a film version of Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, the collection of classic sci-fi short stories describing human efforts to colonise the Red Planet. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the studio has picked up the rights following a stalled attempt by Universal and Steven Spielberg to …
I liked the 'Martian Chronicles' as a book, but a film ???????
'The Mote in Gods Eye' could be good but IMO "King David's Spaceship" would make a better movie - not only spaceships, but Injuns on the warpath and piracy under sail too!
However, the one I'd really like to see on screen is Ken Macleod's "Cosmonaut's Keep".
They were pretty clever stories for the 1950s, and fulfilled the fundamental law of SF in being abut the F, not the S. They made you think, and made you think about real life too. And, come on, is the bee gun not cool?
But the TV series was dire, because it concentrated on the S, all sets and special effects (both beyond the ability of the budget)
I don't think that melancholy air could easily be captured in a film, and as for Holywood doing it - well, no chance.
Well my first thoughts were "oh dear", but I hope I am wrong.
The episodic nature of the book, will need quite a bit of work to be turned into a single narative. The temptation to expand the "action" parts of the book may be just too strong.
Done well this could be spectacular, but I suspect it will become a "Red Avatar", with stories like "There Will Come Soft Rains" lost in the process.
Oh and please spend the money on the screenplay, not 3D effects.
Morgan Freeman allegedly looked into doing that one but it looks to have failed. I'd have thought it was more do-able than many classic sci-fi novels. Probably would have even worked well in 3D, ker-ching.
I've read Red Mars. Hard scifi definitely but a boring read imho.
Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon would make a good Scifi noir.
A 1984 anime called SF New Age Lensman, which was something of a train wreck.
(And from Wikipedia: "In 2008, Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures began negotiations with the author's estate for rights to film the Lensman series. The negotiations are for an 18-month renewable option. At the WonderCon convention in San Francisco in February 2008, J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of Babylon 5, confirmed that Howard had acquired the rights and also hinted that he was involved in the project as well. On 17 June 2008, Straczynski wrote that he had begun work on the project.")
you would have thought the lizard people would have helped it along (but on the down-low of course)
apart from anything else you could have had a cast of 1000's of holywood A-list lizardworshipers in it, i mean would you turn down a chance to be in a story written by god?
Yes. Apparently the requirement that gay actors only play gay characters was lifted as part of the Cretinous Adherence ti Literalism Repeal Act of 1967, wherein it was acknowledged that certain sections of the population were able to distinguish the difference between an actor and the character(s) he or she might play. This allowed people like Daniel Radcliffe, for example, to play a boy wizard despite having no magical powers whatsoever.
Please god no. Clarke was a great ideas man but a very average fiction writer, and Rama was definitely not written on his best day. Rama was an epiphany for me: "Wow, someone can actually write so badly that they can make exploring a giant alien spaceship BORING!"
And then there were the sequels. The first was OK-ish. But the second was so brain-bendingly dreadful on every single level that I refused to spend good money finding out how the story ended.
Stargate Universe was a pretty good take on Rama. Shame it got cancelled really - that and "Defying gravity" have been the only two decent SF shows in the last few years. (Please don't mention Outcasts. Someone tell the BBC they just can't do SF, yeah? Doctor Who doesn't count - it's fantasy.)
After seeing what Hollywood did to intellectually interesting SF classics such as "Starship Troopers" and "I Robot", I am concerned about what they would do with the stately and bleak "Martian Chronicles". They'd probably go one of two routes A) filling the movie with scifi battles between humans and Martians, or B) turning the setting of the movie into some kind of "Day After Tomorow" environmental parable.
The last thoughtful rendering of a sci-fi book classic was the remake of "Solaris" back in 2002 or so, with George Clooney and Natasha McElhone (probably just slaughtered her name)
Why no love for Peter F Hamilton, Nights Dawn trilogy? Would love to see that green lit as a BBC bit-of-money-spent-on-it series.
As for The Martian Chronicles: the rebooted remake, it will at least look awesome but be awful (like the reimagined War of the Worlds: thanks Spielberg). This way, it can be fan edited to remove all the awful bits, (in the case of WotWs that would've been every scene that TC and his kids were in and the boring cellar interlude - so basically a 15 min sfx spectacular).
I can think of many Sci-fi books I've read and enjoyed, but do I wish to see them realised as a movie? Thinking about it, and having witnessed so many attempts to do so - probably not. It seems most of the really good sci-fi had it's inseption purely in the mind rather than adaptation. The reason for this is obvious; in our minds me have our own incarnations, our own 'screening' for written work. Movies are massed witnessed by all and interpretation of it is as wide as the number of viewers.
Having said that, I'd like to see a compitent director take on one of Iain Banks Culture novels - preferably 'Consider Phlebas'.
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