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  • Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    following life of pi as a film that people said couldn’t be made.

    I’d love to see Ian M Banks – Excession (More Hal from 2001 less people style) or a few other of his culture novels but only if they could be done perfectly (George Lucas step away)

    What else is out there?

    qwerty
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    Kylie & Madonna in a lesbo porn movie?

    Jamie
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    Kylie & Madonna in a lesbo porn movie?

    *frowny face*

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    😐
    some people

    Kevevs
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    Is Life Of Pi worth a watch? quite fancy a trip to the cinema and everything else looks bobbins…

    Jamie
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    Is Life Of Pi worth a watch? quite fancy a trip to the cinema and everything looks bobbins…

    Django Unchained is supposed to be quite good.

    mcmoonter
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    Lance, A true story.

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    good shout on excession

    clive barkers weaveworld would be pretty bonkers

    id have to say Dune unless david lynch was given infinite funds to do it again

    Kevevs
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    says Quentin Tarantino 😉

    Jamie
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    says Quentin Tarantino

    BUTT he would say that…

    Premier Icon bigblackshed
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    The Jack Caffrey series of books by Mo Hayder would make a great TV series. The subject matter is too taboo TBH. Would never make it on to prime time. If it was made in Sweden with subtitles, different kettle of fish.

    Would also like to see William Gibson’s Neuromancer Trilogy made properly. I know they tried with Keanu “Woody Plank” Reeves, but that doesn’t count.

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    Weaveworld +1

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    clive barkers weaveworld would be pretty bonkers

    I was about to say Clive Barker’s Imajica

    mikey74
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    Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. One of my favourite novels, but it would take a very brave person to attempt to make a film of it; well, at least a film faithful to the book, which is essential IMO.

    I believe it has been attempted, but fallen down in the early stages. There was a rumour that Ridley Scott had the rights, which got me a bit excited, but I’m not sure how true it is/was.

    Premier Icon bigdean
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    Hollow chocolate bunnies of the appocolypse, if pixar could do it and keep the adult theams (bo peep is a stripper & toy bear hangs himself to sober up) it could be ace.

    A well done ABC warriors film? Some of the less weird Tom Holt stuff?

    Kevevs
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    the rise n rise of Kraftwerk as cyclists. How some crazy German cyclists went a bit crazy and invented some great music and being a bit mad for road cycling.

    That’d make a great bit of tv? it’s been done hasn’t it? not strictly movie material I suppose

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Hollow chocolate bunnies of the appocolypse

    +1

    Plus, there’s scope for a sequel.

    Dunno about Pixar; I was thinking more of a CG / live action mix, like Ted recently.

    Premier Icon colournoise
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    +1 for the ABC Warriors.

    On a similar tip, Zenith and/or Bad Company would make awesome films if done properly.

    And if Peter Jackson can manage LOTR, then surely it’s possible to get The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever to the silver screen?

    gonefishin
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    Is Life Of Pi worth a watch?

    Yes. Yes it is.

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    Ian Banks – Wasp Factory would/could be great – may be in the pipeline apparently.

    Good call on Blood Meridian, but I’d be really reluctant to see it.

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    stuartie_c
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    Blood Meridian +1

    Astonishing book but it would be well-nigh impossible to do justice to the pathological violence and the unvarnished realities of scalp-hunting in the Texas-Mexico borderlands in the 1840s.

    I can’t think of any living actor who could play The Judge.

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    mikey74
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    Blood Meridian +1

    Astonishing book but it would be well-nigh impossible to do justice to the pathological violence and the unvarnished realities of scalp-hunting in the Texas-Mexico borderlands in the 1840s.

    I can’t think of any living actor who could play The Judge.

    I always picture him as Brando in Apocalypse Now.

    The babies impaled on bushes, the legion of horribles etc etc.

    TBH Inglorious Basterds did the scalping thing, but the rest of it…

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    After seeing LOTR, I reckon you could film just about anything.

    Some of the Discworld stuff would be nice, or a proper version of Hitch Hikers.

    Premier Icon Garry_Lager
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    McCarthy is famously tight-lipped on discussing any aspect of Blood Meridian, but he is apparently on record rubbishing the notion that it’s an unfilmable book. Not quite sure what his thinking is, because I’ve not seen too many films featuring all-powerful mass-murdering paedophiles, but he’s the boss.

    The chronicles of Thomas Covenant are a good shout – quite badly written but great ideas and characters. Often the ingredients for a film being better than the book ( e.g Philip K. Dicks novels).

    Converse of this would be Le Guins Wizard of Earthsea. Outstanding book that is often marketed as a younger readers fantasy novel. Everything that makes it great comes from Le Guins writing which was off the charts t the time. Try and visualise the film though and it’s hard to see what would make it special.

    mikey74
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    Re: Blood Meridian. Found this hypothetic article:

    Casting the uncastable

    Premier Icon soundninjauk
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    Some of the Discworld stuff would be nice

    I’d love to see a proper film version of some of Discworld. More like Stardust/LoTR, less like those Sky TV adaptations they did.

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    Discworld works best in your head I think…

    Still on the Banks theme, Consider Phlebeas- it’s perfect, as long as you’ve got a very big special effects budget. Both the biggest shipwreck and the biggest trainwreck of all time…

    I’d like to see Jeff Noon’s Vurt. A very visual book and I reckon it’d transfer well.

    bencooper
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    Before I clicked on this topic, I was already thinking of Iain M Banks – but I’d vote for Feersum Endjinn. You’d need a pretty big special effects budget, but do-able.

    Discworld books don’t work on the screen I think – so many of the jokes are written ones.

    slimjim78
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    I just read The Long Earth, would love to see that made to a flick. Would be taxing, but if they pulled it off..

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    Discworld books don’t work on the screen I think – so many of the jokes are written ones.

    Good point – bit like Wodehouse really, a lot of the joy is in the writing itself.

    Banks would be excellent – The TV version of The Crow Road was ace – believe there was a film of Complicity too, though I’ve never seen it.
    There was something on the BBC about an old rock band with Bill Nighy some time ago that owed a hell of a lot to Espedair Street.

    CountZero
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    Would also like to see William Gibson’s Neuromancer Trilogy made properly. I know they tried with Keanu “Woody Plank” Reeves, but that doesn’t count.

    I’m sure I read somewhere that there is a plan to make Neuromancer into a film, but as with all these things, it’s getting everything in place for it to happen: good script, experienced and sympathetic director, quality cast, top-notch SF house.
    The cast doesn’t have to be that well known, just appropriate to the characters. I suggest Maggie Q for Molly Millions.

    deluded
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    Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman’ & ‘American Gods’.

    ‘The Dark Tower’ by Stephen King.

    bencooper
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    Snow Crash would also be amazing as a film…

    I’m sensing a lot of money to be made by Iain Banks here. I reckon his fiction, rather than his science-fiction (Culture) stuff, would translate easier to film. I’m thinking Guillermo del Torro is about the only person able to do any of his work justice though.

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    I’d love to see Altered Carbon + the rest of the Kovacs books done. Morgan’s style in Market Forces is also very filmable, not surprising as he wrote with it as a screenplay in mind.

    deluded
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    That’s a good shout drain.

    wordnumb
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    Finnegan Wakes.

    “Loud, heap miseries upon us yet entwine our arts with laughters low!”

    slimjim78
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    ‘The Dark Tower’ by Stephen King.

    Yes! loved reading that years ago

    Premier Icon drain
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    Mmmm, Dark Tower, yes – how good would that be?!! 😀

    samuri
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    Snow Crash would also be amazing as a film…

    Totally. With modern capabilities it would be great too.

    Cryptonomicon for me. It’s an amazing book but pretty much impossible to make into a film.

    druidh
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    Alasdair Grays Lanark

    CountZero
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    Snow Crash would also be amazing as a film…

    Totally. With modern capabilities it would be great too.

    I believe Snow Crash is a serious possibility as a film. Not sure if its as far ahead as Pre-production. But there is talk of a film being made. Now, who would be good as Hiro Protagonist? I reckon Dakota Fanning as YT. Raven might be a bit tricky to cast; how many Aleutes are out there?
    Yes, here it is:
    http://m.geek.com/geekdotcom/#!/entry/snow-crash-movie-to-be-written-and-directed-by-joe,4fdb4b174b672622b83bfec4
    Joe Cornish, of Attack The Block as director.

    Stu McGroo
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    The Vega Brothers

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