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What's the best book to film sci-fi (or SF) transition and..

By Tony Hopkinson ·
What books would you like to see in film that would make the transition sensibly.

This sort of follows on from the Trivia Geek's Best SF franchise article.

I was trying to think of books in the genre that faithfully made it into film and pleased the readers.

I can think of some good films, but not many where the story line wasn't jazzed up somewhat or changed to the point where we wouldn't have recognised it without the title.

Epic disasters such as Dune for instance. Some of my favourite stories are dated now.
Eon for instance, background was the cold war...

Second War Of the Worlds, or maybe 2001 are all I can think of. SF, Fellowship Of the Ring is a stand out, but I liked Tom Bombadil and the following two make me want to punch someone out.

So a book that could be made successfully into a box office smash, without taking away what made the book great.

CJ Cherryh's Hellburner
Jerry Pournelle's King David's Space Ship
Anne McCaffrey's Dragon's Dawn
Niven and Pournelle's The Mote in God's Eye, for a CGI extravaganza.

Or a potential epic money spinner, for a tall attractive brunette.

David Weber's On Basilisk Station.

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Stick one right up the Christian Right

by drowningnotwaving In reply to Maybe some Heinlein

Job: A Comedy of Justice

My favorite Heinlen book, and not a rocketship in sight.

Who would play the protagonist???

It's a toss up between Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise.

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by NickNielsen In reply to Stick one right up the Ch ...

This one calls for the guy next door. Bill Pullman maybe, or Kevin Costner. Brigitte Nielsen for the female lead.

Unfortunately, I don't think this one will ever see the silver screen. The content is just too radical, even for Hollywood. Stranger in a Strange Land has a better chance.

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Stranger in a Strange Land would be an excellent choice.

by deepsand In reply to Neither

One has to wonder why it's not already been done. Perhaps it's that the demographics are not viewed as being sufficiently favorable for it becoming a "blockbuster" as they once might have been, given the long running obsession with "action" films.

On the other hand, considering that it was a cult classic of the '60s, and given the present purchasing power of the generation that would be most inclined to view it, now might in fact be it's time.

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Stanger would be good - if done right

by dlogan In reply to [i]Stranger in a Strange ...

I agree... that is a true classic that seems to have been overlooked. However if they mangled it like Starship Troopers,. I would rather not seem the do it at all.

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The urge to introduce more "action" would probably hold great sway.

by deepsand In reply to Stanger would be good - i ...

What ever happened to the thinking man's movie?

Why are the producers so convinced that the path to success requires an appeal to their perceived needs of men for "action," or to that of women for "empathy?"

I shudder at the thought of what a Hollywood version of Herman Hesse's Das Glasperlenspiel, aka The Glass Bead Game or Magister Ludi would look like.

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On the subject of Heinlein

by rcollins In reply to Neither

Why not Methusela's Children? Woodrow Wilson Smith - aka Lazaras Long would be a great character and the show could lead to lots of follow-ups. These days, you could do up one of his famous short stories and develope a great screenplay. Something like Misfits or Lifeline for instance?

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Heinlein's Other Masterpieces

by BobinAtlanta In reply to On the subject of Heinlei ...

Have Space Suit, Will Travel or The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

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Ignore; mis-placed in thread.

by deepsand In reply to Heinlein's Other Masterpi ...
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So - alternate view of bible = bad; cannibilism = good

by drowningnotwaving In reply to Stick one right up the Ch ...

I have GOT to get me to one of your parties, Deepsand.

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Stranger in a strange land

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Stick one right up the Ch ...

Religious Fundamentalists of all types would be burning cinemas

As for a comedy of justsice, the devil is nice guy with bad PR people, that will go down well.
I recommend Max Clifford for the part of Lucifer.

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