Friday, November 14, 2008

Book/Movie Tie-ins

There are several movies being made at the moment from books I have read.I am hoping that they all turn out ok! Once they don't completely change characters like the new Battlestar Gallactica changing Starbuck to a woman (Sacrilege!) I will be happy! Its ok if they play around with things to fit them into the movie.Classic case is Fight Club Book is brilliant.Movie is brilliant.Yet both are different.

Most highly anticipated will be The Forever War by Joe Haldeman.This is being made into a film by Ridley Scott!!!!! This was only announced on October 12 this year.Scott has been waiting for over 25 years to get the rights for it.His last Sci Fi film was the phenomenal Blade Runner! (See below) The book itself is brilliant and I suggest you read it if you haven't already.

The Owl in the Daylight is going to be a biopic about Philip K Dick starring Paul Giamatti of Sideways fame and other films.Its supposed to open in 2009.Its not based on his unfinished novel of the same name.Its supposed to be about his life and might focus on his drug use and his mental breakdown/Divine insight whichever you prefer!!!!

Radio Free Albemuth is also supposed to being made into a film.Ubik has been optioned also! To quote Wikipedia
"In 2005, Time Magazine named Ubik one of the one hundred greatest English-language novels published since 1923"

Marvel are making a series about The Electric Ant also! If you don't know who Philip K Dick is then I suggest you read his books now!!!!! His work will be big news again soon! Minority Report,Total Recall,Paycheck,Scanner Darkly,Screamers and the classic Blade Runner are all based on his writings.Some are more loosely based than others though! Dick-Head jokes are banned by the way!

The Husband by Dean Koontz is a brilliant book.Its a straight forward thriller about a husband funnily enough! His wife is kidnapped and he must get 3 million for her or else he won't be a husband any more! Focus Features, in conjunction with Random House Films, announced that a film adaptation has been given the go ahead so thats good news!!

This is a very exciting thriller and what is good about it, is that you are put straight into the situation as soon as you begin.Its reads like a Die Hard film!

Dune by Frank Herbert is being made into a movie.Well not until 2010 so don't begin lining up outside the cinema just yet! Peter Berg is directing so we will just have to wait and see.The original dune by David Lynch was good but was chopped up by the studios to make no sense.Lynch is rumoured to have a complete version locked away but sadly will probably never see the light of day.The ending in his film made no sense as rain would destroy the ecology of the worms so that was my main gripe about that movie.Of course the parts cut out also!

Now we come to Them:Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson.This is being made into a film called Them.Supposed to be out in 2009.Straight away we have a red flag as they have changed the main character into a woman.As the book is so funny I will give it a chance though.Its about Jon Ronson in real life travelling around interviewing nutters and people who have conspiracy theories.It's one of the funniest books I have ever read.David Icke is very funny as he thinks people are really lizards in disguise.Ronson actually gets into supposedly the meeting of the world's leaders who are deciding how to keep the world under their rule!! Check it out if you have not already!


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