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Monday, June 30, 2008

Make a Movie Meme

Now that Peter Jackson has made the Lord of the Rings trilogy, my dream of seeing my favorite book(s) made into a movie has been realized. Until today's awesome computer graphics came to be, basing a movie on Tolkien's masterpiece would have been a disgrace, or at best a cartoon. If you had all of Hollywood at your disposal, what book would you turn into a movie?

I'd do Niven-Pournelle's Footfall. Unlike Mote in God's Eye (another favorite), I wouldn't have to digitally render an entire alien planet, just a spaceship and the aliens, who curiously resemble baby elephants. Think of the merchandising opportunities! Think of the space battle! Think of the liberals in the audience cheering when we nuke Kansas!

Setting the story in modern times, I'd use a mock-up of the International Space Station and, of course, cast Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle as themselves, science fiction writers who get enlisted into a think tank to cope with the alien invasion. I wonder why no one's thought of this before?

I'd cast an Obama-lookalike as the wishy-washy POTUS who wants to negotiate with the Fithp from a position of weakness. I'd appear in a cameo as "Hairy Red," if Larry and Jerry don't object.

What book would you adapt into a movie? Why? How?



  • At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I would love to see Starship Troopers done correctly, non of that proto-facism crap.

    They could do Mobile Infantry proud. Just getting the powered armor correct would be a treat to watch.

  • At 3:50 PM, Blogger Firehand said…

    Pick one of Leiber's Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser books. Any one. I'd love to see them done right. Wonderful stories, and with the effects available today they could make it look like it is in the books.

    David Drake's The General series. C'mon, cavalry riding dogs and the enemy in two of the books being muslims? What's not to like.

  • At 4:02 PM, Blogger freddyboomboom said…

    H. Beam Piper's Space Vikings, both for the social commentary and for the space battles...

  • At 4:23 PM, Blogger Kevin said…

    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

  • At 4:42 PM, Blogger AlanDP said…

    Elric of Melnibone. The first six books of the original series.

    The "Dragon's Egg" series by Robert L. Forward. This would require that the movie be almost entirely computer graphics. Cheela sex!

    And if someone could remake "Battlefield Earth" the way the book was written, and without the Scientologists getting their grubby mitts on it, it would be awesome.

    I also think "Boy's Life" by Robert R. McCammon would make a cool movie.

  • At 10:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What? Niven and you pick Footfall? Ringworld!

    No, my pick: "The Stars My Destination."
    If you have not read it... you are missing out.

    Of course, I'd also make a movie of "Monster Hunter International"... but I would want Robert Rodriguez to direct it.

  • At 10:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'd still vote for "The Mote in God's Eye."

    - Bob1

  • At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    On Basilisk Station. The fight scene would be great in todays graphics.

  • At 11:26 PM, Blogger Cowboy Blob said…

    Okay, I've never read any of the Ringworld books, but Footfall is a self-contained story, while you could pack a multi-season sci-fi miniseries or serial with the Larry Niven Known Space universe which runs into many of the short stories I have read.

  • At 11:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    American Gods by Neil Gaiman. And either Declare or Expiration Date by Tim Powers.

  • At 9:51 AM, Blogger The Old Man said…

    "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress". 1/6th gravity hand to hand fighting balanced by the grid lighting up as all the "rocks" TOT'ed.


  • At 12:20 PM, Blogger Kevin said…

    Dude! Ringworld! Or Lucifer's Hammer.

    Also Crytonomicon, split over three movies (like Matrix).

    I would totally pay to see Footfall in the movies, though. In fact, I might just go and re-read that again.

    Kevin K

  • At 6:22 PM, Blogger AlanDP said…

    I knew I was forgetting something.

    "The Four Lords of the Diamond" by Jack L. Chalker. Modern technology would make it look good when things get strange, and the subversive theme about getting rid of "troublemakers" would be appropriate for our time.

  • At 3:45 AM, Blogger Oswald Bastable said…

    Footfall or The Mote in God's Eye- can't argue with either of those!

  • At 9:50 AM, Blogger Brer said…

    "Inferno" by Niven and Pournelle would be great, but it would have to be a serial to get the good details in.

  • At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What? Niven and you pick Ringworld? Lucifer's Hammer!

    Imagine the apoplexy over saving the last nuclear power station and using chemical weapons on a cannibal army run by ecology zealots.

    Of course, Footfall includes launching an Orion from sea level . . .

  • At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Pournelles's book Janissaries would be on my short list.



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