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Return of the King 
22nd-Dec-2003 09:19 pm
So, two years ago, you said, "If these films turn out to suck, I'm going to be very pissed off."
Oddly enough, I don't seem to be very pissed off.
Since too many other people are posting about this, I'll just link to my various comments (the 2nd of these will launch you straight into spoilerland; caveat lector).

Though now, I'm starting to wonder how this is going to affect the future of this whole genre, i.e., the movie genre --- clearly the book genre is going to go on as before, perhaps with a bit of a boost from people who used to dismiss it but decide from seeing the PJ movies that maybe Tolkien and various other folks are worth a try after all.

Figure either
  • the movie genre will completely die out because nobody will dare anything remotely similar for fear of suffering the comparison with PJ
mheh ... heheh ... hahahahahahahahaha... BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. I kill myself.
  • this is going to do to big-budget fantasy what Star Wars did to big-budget space opera.
    In other words, brace yourselves for a whole legion of imitations of varying degrees of quality.
So given that ... what's coming next?
Or what, in your ideal world, should be coming next?

E.g., in my ideal world, someone competent would be attempting big-screen versions of either Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry or Stephen Donaldson's Thomas Covenant series, but I'm guessing those particular ones will be a while since the authors in question are still among the living.

23rd-Dec-2003 09:35 am (UTC)
Dark is Rising, yes.

I dunno about Covenant, given as the protagonist is a pain in the ass with no social skills nor anything resembling a pleasant demeanor. (Also, he's a rapist.)

Pullman'd be good. I'd love to see Tigana made into a movie, but I doubt it. Some of the Valdemar stuff'd be good?
23rd-Dec-2003 01:43 pm (UTC)
given as the protagonist is a pain in the ass with no social skills nor anything resembling a pleasant demeanor
I'll readily admit the adaptation will be huge challenge for the screenwriter, but that only means it'll be quite a coup if it's done right.
(Also, he's a rapist.)
This reaction has always baffled me. I mean it's not like we don't do stories about murderers redeeming themselves. Never mind the small matter that he's sure it's all just a dream anyway (and part of the point of that scene is as a measure of this).
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