Allow me to put on my pontificating hat here and tell you an obvious truth: Hollywood doesn’t care about source material. When a major movie studio buys a novel (or in this case, a collection of stories) to adapt into a film, it stops being material of a fixed nature; it becomes suddenly fluid, and you’ll find vast chunks of the book sliding out, getting rearranged or simply being ignored for the expediencies of the filmmakers and the studio. Let me make it even more clear: It is a rare book that makes it through the film adaptation process without great violence being done to it.
And this is not always a bad thing. I think some of the most successful literary-to-film transfers have been ones in which Hollywood does what Hollywood does — substantially guts and reworks the source material to adapt it to the needs of the filmmakers. The obvious example here is Blade Runner, which is of course a mightily reworked version of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick. It’s entirely possible a filmed version that is more faithful to the original novel could have been made; on the other hand, Blade Runner is excellent. It’s a fair trade.
The WB wants to be seen as a ‘grown-up’ network… Which might be part of the reason they cancelled Angel. Sigh. Yet another occurance of the ‘genre is for kids’ misconception. They’re also trying to blame Whedon for the cancelation – if he hadn’t asked about the show’s future, they might not have cancelled it. How petty is that?
Ehh. Let’s just say I’m not holding my breath for those Angel mini-movies.
Secrets of the Jedi by Jude Watson will reveal Obi-Wan’s ‘great love’ referenced in… uhh… some book I didn’t read. There’s also some Anakin/Padme stuff… Including an Episode 3 pic of Natalie Portman.
Hyperspace Members will also be able to see video clips and regularly-updated pictures from the con.
That will be really lovely. I might only cry a little bit while toiling away at my desk in boring ol’ mundanity.
Sci-Fi’s Stargate spinoff, Atlantis, drew the biggest audience for a weekly series on the network. Wow. Is that why Stargate‘s the only thing they ever seem to run during prime time?
Cable loves sci-fi! Then why don’t we have a more varied Sci-Fi Channel?
Eliza Dushku is excited about the next season of Tru Calling. I guess someone has to be…
Relations between Smallville and the upcoming Superman movie are delicate, to say the least.
J.J. Abrams promises to fix Alias. Well, I liked it…
The WB’s Fall Schedule.
Sue Rostoni of Lucasbooks announced on the starwars.com boards last month that there will be a 9-book post-NJO series. The series was previous announced as being set in the Tales of the Jedi era.
We’ve reconsidered where to set this 9-book series and have decided that the old Old Republic era may not be the best place. We’re now seriously considering post-NJO, something like 35 years after A New Hope. The thinking is that there is more opportunity here for substantial storylines using characters that people already have feelings about, and the outcome wouldn’t be known at the start of things. We still want to play in the Old Old Republic time frame, and will try to get a trilogy there. I hope you all aren’t disappointed – I’m trying to gauge whether it’s best to give you NO information at all, or information (like this) that’s subject to change.
Also from the boards, a little advance notice that the titles of the upcoming Troy Denning trilogy, also post-NJO and due next year, will be ‘leaked’ at a Comic Con panel.
I’m of mixed feelings. Yes, I kind of want more books… But Jacen and Jaina don’t do much for me, and I’m even less fond of most of their pals. I was looking forward to just ignoring the EU for a while. Damn this vile obsession!
And Matthew Woodring Stover (Traitor, Shatterpoint, Episode 3 novelization) has a blog. Who knew?
Brian Singer of X-Men is now set to helm Superman. Not sure yet what this means for the third X-Men movie…
Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit might go to Time Warner.
Comingsoon.net interviews Natalie Portman about Garden State.
And last but not least, Beowulf: the movie? I’m sure we can blame Peter Jackson for this somehow.
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