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(io9)   Instead of rebooting these films, Hollywood should adapt these classic novels that have yet to receive a big-screen treatment. Not that they'd ever get Good Omens right, but they should try   (io9.com) divider line 68
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2013-09-28 06:33:25 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: namatad: what this article and most people fail to understand, most novels would do better as a miniseries, and most series would do better as a series. stop ruining good books with terrible movies.

and pretty much BBC, showtime, hbo or AMC should be the only stations allowed to make these series.

Dresden novels? made into a terrible tv series
Sword of Truth? made into a terrible tv series

Sandman, taltos, dresden, sword of truth, beserker, elric: all of these would make great BBC/HBO type series. 3-10 episodes a season and none of the bullshiat worthless filler episodes that hollywood is so addicted to. Galactic Center, Culture novels, hell even Monster Hunter, would all make good to great short series on cable and be TERRIBLE 20 episode network shows.

The list goes on and on. And only the BBC or HBO type would ever give it the amount of time needed to get it right.

/good omens is one of my favorite books and it would be impossible to bring to the big screen and boring on the small screen. But it would take 4-10 hours to tell correctly.

I liked the Dresden Files TV show, but I've never read the books.  From what I understand it was a big departure from the novels, and the fans of the books weren't happy with the treatment, but as a stand-alone entity, I thought it was solid.


The TV show was good enough to get me to read the novels. I looooooove the books and am reluctant to re-watch the show now. Probably won't, and I don't think they need another series. If someone wanted to take a crack at a short series of it, I might check it out. It would depend a lot on who would play Harry.
 
2013-09-28 06:42:38 PM  

smells_like_meat: To Say Nothing of the Dog would be a terrific movie, but I doubt that the typical movie goer could keep up.


This is one of my all-time favourite books; I've read it at least four times. Ditto 'Good Omens.' But both would be very difficult, if even possible,  to transfer to the big screen.
 
2013-09-28 06:51:46 PM  

wjllope: [upload.wikimedia.org image 230x400][upload.wikimedia.org image 274x426][upload.wikimedia.org image 300x501][upload.wikimedia.org image 377x565]


Hyperion is currently in development hell.


wraith95: I'd like to see Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld as a movie.


I seem to recall hearing that one was in development as well but I can't find the link now.
 
2013-09-28 06:55:07 PM  

fusillade762: wraith95: I'd like to see Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld as a movie.

I seem to recall hearing that one was in development as well but I can't find the link now.


Sorry, nevermind. I saw "Leviathan" and my brain immediately jumped to this:

aidanmoher.com

I do love me some Westerfeld, though. A Risen Empire movie would be pretty cool.

Oh, and also this:

www.scifireaders.net

And/or an Iain M Banks Culture movie.
 
2013-09-28 07:03:01 PM  

MisatoNERV: The only thing I've ever read by Alistair Reynolds was Revelation Space and I didn't quite care for it. Do his books get better (being that I only read his debut)?


no
they are all about the same. some good ideas. lots of words. lots and lots of words.
 
2013-09-28 07:04:03 PM  

wjllope: [upload.wikimedia.org image 230x400][upload.wikimedia.org image 274x426][upload.wikimedia.org image 300x501][upload.wikimedia.org image 377x565]


sigh
this would be awesome
beyond understanding
but they would fark it up
 
2013-09-28 07:11:36 PM  
In a perfect world HBO would have a billion dollar budget to make a Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series.
 
2013-09-28 07:53:57 PM  

NuclearPenguins: In a perfect world HBO would have a billion dollar budget to make a Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series.


I read and enjoyed the first two series. I got part way through the 3rd series.
Meh.
There are a billion other things which I would want to see before having to listen to the half-hand whine for days on end about his leprosy.
 
2013-09-28 08:03:03 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Stile4aly: Get on with it, FFS

Syfy is currently doing both Childhood's End and Ringworld as 4-hour miniseries.


GODDAMMITSOFARKINGMUCH!!!
 
2013-09-28 08:53:54 PM  
Might make a good miniseries, with episodes alternating between Benny Profane and V.
www.thomaspynchon.com
/hot
 
2013-09-28 08:55:05 PM  

NuclearPenguins: In a perfect world HBO would have a billion dollar budget to make a Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series.


White gold whiner? No thanks.
 
2013-09-28 09:49:02 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: namatad: what this article and most people fail to understand, most novels would do better as a miniseries, and most series would do better as a series. stop ruining good books with terrible movies.

and pretty much BBC, showtime, hbo or AMC should be the only stations allowed to make these series.

Dresden novels? made into a terrible tv series
Sword of Truth? made into a terrible tv series

Sandman, taltos, dresden, sword of truth, beserker, elric: all of these would make great BBC/HBO type series. 3-10 episodes a season and none of the bullshiat worthless filler episodes that hollywood is so addicted to. Galactic Center, Culture novels, hell even Monster Hunter, would all make good to great short series on cable and be TERRIBLE 20 episode network shows.

The list goes on and on. And only the BBC or HBO type would ever give it the amount of time needed to get it right.

/good omens is one of my favorite books and it would be impossible to bring to the big screen and boring on the small screen. But it would take 4-10 hours to tell correctly.

I liked the Dresden Files TV show, but I've never read the books.  From what I understand it was a big departure from the novels, and the fans of the books weren't happy with the treatment, but as a stand-alone entity, I thought it was solid.


Yeah, that's pretty much it. I saw the TV show then read the books. As its own thing, the show was ok. It wasn't around long enough to get anywhere though.
 
2013-09-28 09:55:04 PM  
I have this feverish dream of HBO adapting and combining Niven's Known Space with Varley's Eight Worlds and Wizard stuff into a ten-year series of animated hour-long episodes. Get the Cowboy Bebop studio to do the animation, Andrea Romano to be Voice Director, and I dunno who to be show-runner.

*sigh*
 
2013-09-28 10:23:04 PM  

floor: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 300x500]

It always stuns me when this book is never mentioned in lists o Sci Fi that needs a film adaptation.


Forever war regardless of its action scenes is a cerebral book. Would be hard to get the points across. The protagonist defending humans against aliens while the human race itself turns more and more alien to the protagonist (over his long journeys)
 
2013-09-28 11:53:16 PM  

namatad: ooo julian may -  Galactic Milieu Series -Saga of Pliocene Exile Cycle


Yeah, but the CGI budget for the Grand Combat would be off the charts.

/HBO for the sweet houghmagandy
 
2013-09-29 02:00:29 AM  
The Dresden Files should not be a TV series.


Storm Front should be a mini series.

Then Fool Moon should be a mini series.

Etc.

(PLEASE, HBO?)
 
2013-09-29 04:03:00 AM  
Lets talk Niven and Pournelle for a second:

The Mote in God's Eye.  If successful do The Gripping Hand.

Ringworld.   If successful, do Ringworld engineers.   The others are not really necessary.

Those two give you built in legitimate great sequels, not sequels made up for movie sequels' sake.

Also, you could make some pulpy, fun movies that appeal to the masses out of the Beowulf Schaeffer stories.

/yes, I'm aware there may still be some lingering licensing issues regarding a bad contract that Larry signed with Paramount introducing some known-space elements into an episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series, but if there is a will, it can be sorted out.
 
2013-09-29 07:20:51 PM  

HempHead: [d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net image 304x475]


The third (final) book in this series just came out.  Would certainly make a wild mini series.
 
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