Senior HTF Member
- Jan 8, 2013
- Kent "The Garden of England", UK
- Real Name
- Keith Cobby
That's a hard one, but here are some ideas; yonger versions of these guys, for various reasons...in a semi serious portral I'd go with either Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) or maybe Johnny Depp . For a wider ranged portral of the slippery diGriz, a few ideas could be Jack Nicholson, Hugh Jackman or Robert Downey Jr. or even Val Kilmer (the Saint)..just to get the ball rolling!!I was thinking of her when I posed the question, and also Margot Robbie. But who would play Slippery Jim?
I'd prefer movies, better budget, LOL!!!I came up with Hugh Jackman as well. Being very familiar with the books I can see him clearly (as I can James Bond) in my mind. Would make a great series of films (or maybe television), strong character, great femme fatale, and a cast of oddballs!
you must have missed my preface, "a Younger version" - now these are a little too old but in their prime..?Personally speaking, I'd probably go with someone just a bit younger (in their 40s) like Tom Hardy for the role of Slippery Jim. I have not ready any books from that series in a long, and I mean long time. My memories of the series are pretty vague other than enjoying them quite a bit.
On the subject of Harry Harrison - how about Bill, the Galactic Hero starring Chris Pratt?
I agree - but it's a series that again, kind of goes off the rails in subsequent volumes. The first book is CLASSIC *first contact* stuff, and I can totally see RAMA being a big screen experience, but after Rama, I'd like to see it go in a different direction than Clarke went...Athur C.'s Rendezvous With Rama.
then it's not Clark but your storyline. That's why it's so hard to create a film thst is canon to the book, because we all see and feel the books a little differently. anyti,e someone is given the task to adapt a book to film, you either make some people happy or no one happy, because afterall it was their intertipation of the book, or because of time or budget restrictions it gets a machette taken to it before during or after, in the edting room!!I agree - but it's a series that again, kind of goes off the rails in subsequent volumes. The first book is CLASSIC *first contact* stuff, and I can totally see RAMA being a big screen experience, but after Rama, I'd like to see it go in a different direction than Clarke went...
I think will it be a blast also to have the fire clown done, another one of my favorite booksYet another vote for the Stainless Steel Rat.
I'd also love to see Frederick Pohl's Gateway series with a five season run; each season covering in-depth each book in the series.
And while the topic is SF, I'd like to diverge into fantasy for a sentence and mention how awesome Robert Aspirin's Myth series and Jack Chalker's Dancing God series would make a great collection and fit in nicely with the work the BBC has done with Pratchett's Discworld books.
Harry Harrison's "Starsmashers of The Galaxy Rangers".
Alan Dean Foster's "Slipt".
Alan Dean Foster's "Phule's Company"
Robert Aspirin's "Myth" series.
Adam Warren's take on "The Dirty Pair".
All wishful thinking.
Edit: Correction, Robert Aspirin's "Phule's Company", not Alan Dean Foster.
Many years ago I would have answered with William Gibson's Neuromancer. But the aesthetic of that novel, and its genre, has been utilized so heavily over the years by so much entertainment that it no longer holds that appeal for me, as an adaptation. (I still really love the novel.)
In hindsight, cyberpunk only really worked well as a written literary form. In the window between Blade Runner and the first Matrix movies, cyberpunk was largely a failure in other forms of media like movies, tv shows, video games, magazines (ie. mondo 2000), comics, etc ....
The latest failure which could be the final nail in the coffin, is the botched launch of the recent Cyberpunk 2077 video game.
It was the ultimate 1980s extrapolated "retro future" which never came, in a long line of other failed sci-fi "futures which never came".