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Old 1st August 2008, 01:41 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Re: Asimov sci-fi epic "Foundation" coming to screens !!!

Well I know I am classed amongst the most trusting and most honest on this site. Just ask anybody.

As for starship troopers I thought, given the basic starting material which was lets face it just a song, it was quite good. Certainly I had no preconceptions, I expected a tounge in cheek film and that's what I got.

Anyway lets not hi-jack the thread and get back on topic.

Who have we got down for the Mule then
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Old 1st August 2008, 05:32 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Paul Kaye?
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Old 1st August 2008, 06:21 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Not how I pictured the character. Presumably make up will be involved - extensive makeup at that
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Old 1st August 2008, 08:16 PM   #20 (permalink)
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the thing with Paul Kaye is that he is a brilliant character actor and his characters are very believable.
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Would be cool if they could make a decent SF film,be a nice change. I Robot was a great film but had nothing to do with Asimov. Hollywood can produce good SF movies that aren't all about action but they just think thats what people want. We need another Stanley Kubrick!
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Old 3rd November 2008, 05:22 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I think they should get an unknown for the Mule. But I don't see how they can make a good Foundation movie - they'd have to do a trilogy. And, quite honestly, I don't know of a single director who can do justice to the idea.

Hey, if it's going to be a trilogy, get George Lucas to do it.
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I think they should get an unknown for the Mule. But I don't see how they can make a good Foundation movie - they'd have to do a trilogy. And, quite honestly, I don't know of a single director who can do justice to the idea.

Hey, if it's going to be a trilogy, get George Lucas to do it.

That'll guarantee not a single Asimov reader will see THAT travesty of a movie. The first time Seldon breaks out a lightsaber........

I'd prefer a screenwriter/director that'll at least keep SOME of the ideals of the author. Though Foundation itself was a time skipping endeavor, casting characters for half an hour of time before it skips a century ahead..... can make for a BIG budget...... in paying actors.
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Old 4th November 2008, 12:38 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I don't see how a two-hour film could do the books any justice. Even a trilogy of films would be hard put.
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Old 4th November 2008, 05:39 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Re: Asimov sci-fi epic "Foundation" coming to screens !!!

Are they doing more than one book in each film?

In the first one, there is no action, not really anyway. People will just be sitting there and missing the subtleties of Asimov and completely dislike the movie.

I honestly think that they will make a hash of it.
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I've a sneaking suspicion it'll arrive on our screens about the same time as the Dragonriders of Pern movie...

And what's the lowest level of credit?

Ah yes: "With acknowledgement to the characters created by Isaac Asimov"...
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Old 4th November 2008, 03:59 PM   #27 (permalink)
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They didn't do a good job with I, Robot, though, to be fair, they did do justice to the Three Laws of Robotics.
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Re: Asimov sci-fi epic "Foundation" coming to screens !!!

I rather enjoyed "I,Robot", but only as a cgi romp, not as an attempt to put Asimov's stories on the big screen.

(And as we've just been told in another thread, the title, "I, Robot", wasn't Asimov's.)
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I, Robot the movie wasn't originally based off Asimov's I, Robot but when they wanted that as the title they had to pay rights and said oh well we may as well include some other stuff in there as well. Thats what I have heard anyway.
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I, Robot the movie wasn't originally based off Asimov's I, Robot but when they wanted that as the title they had to pay rights and said oh well we may as well include some other stuff in there as well. Thats what I have heard anyway.
I don't believe you can copyrite a title. Only the content. Sometimes a repeated title has nothing to do with a previous work which can be very misleading.
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