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Author Topic: Prometheus novelisation?  (Read 6302 times)

The Eighth Passenger
Aug 28, 2016, 06:06:32 PM
Reply #30 on: Aug 28, 2016, 06:06:32 PM
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So there's an old book, well, a short story really, called "who goes there?"

That was the book that John carpenters the thing was based on. And I believe Alan dean foster wrote a novelization for that movie...

So a novel, based on a movie, based on a book/short story.... Just thought I'd throw that out there. :-)

There was another funny one. Phillip K. Dick wrote a book called "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?". Then they made a movie based on it called "Blade Runner". Then shortly before the film was released they asked Phillip K. Dick if he would be interested in writing the Blade Runner novelization.

Now maybe they were unaware of his earlier public denouncement of the Blade Runner script but they did offer him a shit-tonne of money to write a book based upon a film that was based upon one of his books. Of course the catch was that his original novel would have to be suppressed. Unsurprisingly, Mr. Dick was quite frank in where they could stick their "novelization".


Mr. Clemens
Aug 28, 2016, 06:20:13 PM
Reply #31 on: Aug 28, 2016, 06:20:13 PM
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He even joked that they could get Alan Dean Foster to write it.  :D


Engineer
Aug 28, 2016, 06:23:59 PM
Reply #32 on: Aug 28, 2016, 06:23:59 PM
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Lmao! Wow did not know all that! Now THATs a classic story! :-)


windebieste
Aug 28, 2016, 09:15:12 PM
Reply #33 on: Aug 28, 2016, 09:15:12 PM
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Unfortunately, Dick died before the movie was released.  He did see a rough cut of the movie and I believe he approved of it. 

To continue bouncing the subject around, from book to movie to book again consider this.   K.W. Jetter went on to write the official book, 'Blade Runner 2' which was published in 1995.  It was OK.  Mind you, I don't believe the upcoming movie draws any influence from it at all.  We may yet end up with an official novelisation of the film.  I wonder what they'll call it? 'Blade Runner 2: (Tagline)'  I guess.

-Windebieste.


The Eighth Passenger
Aug 28, 2016, 09:46:30 PM
Reply #34 on: Aug 28, 2016, 09:46:30 PM
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Unfortunately, Dick died before the movie was released.  He did see a rough cut of the movie and I believe he approved of it. 

No, he only saw an special effects reel accompanied by a bit of Vangelis music that Scott played for him. He liked that but he never saw the actual film.

As I mentioned earlier, he did however get hold of one of Hampton Fancher's earlier Blade Runner/Dangerous Days drafts which he publicly denounced saying it was basically "Philip Marlowe meets the Stepford Wives". He also went on to bash Alien, saying "a monster is a monster, a spaceship is a spaceship, and the only thing that saves this is the special effects"

To continue bouncing the subject around, from book to movie to book again consider this.   K.W. Jetter went on to write the official book, 'Blade Runner 2' which was published in 1995.  It was OK.  Mind you, I don't believe the upcoming movie draws any influence from it at all.

That's right, the new film is based upon an outline by original Blade Runner scriptwritter, Hampton Fancher.


Engineer
Aug 28, 2016, 10:13:36 PM
Reply #35 on: Aug 28, 2016, 10:13:36 PM
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And to bring things (sorta) back full circle...

There's a novel adaptation of the first avp movie, which was based on a comic series and bares very little resemblance to that comic series... Lol



windebieste
Aug 28, 2016, 10:16:40 PM
Reply #37 on: Aug 28, 2016, 10:16:40 PM
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Haven't read the 3rd one.  I'm not even sure I knew of it.   I don't think I'm missing much by the sound of it.

Well, yeah.  Either way, Dick saw early footage of the movie but unfortunately he never saw it get released due to his death.  Sadly.

Yes.  He didn't like 'ALIEN'.  Which is ironic considering O'Bannon went on to write the treatment of Dick's 'We can Remember it for you Wholesale' released as 'Total Recall'.

I wonder what Dick would have thought of that movie?  He wasn't interested in depicting his characters as larger than life heroes.  They tended to be 'the little guy' caught up in incomprehensible, shifting situations.

-Windebieste.

And to bring things (sorta) back full circle...

There's a novel adaptation of the first avp movie, which was based on a comic series and bares very little resemblance to that comic series... Lol

The Cerasini novelisation?  This book has my all time favourite gaff.  EVER!  It's on page 24.  See if you can find it...

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Engineer
Aug 28, 2016, 10:25:52 PM
Reply #38 on: Aug 28, 2016, 10:25:52 PM
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Well, I saw two possible gaffs, but I'm gonna go with polar bears living in Antarctica. Lmao


Mr. Clemens
Aug 28, 2016, 10:27:21 PM
Reply #39 on: Aug 28, 2016, 10:27:21 PM
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Haven't read the 3rd one.  I'm not even sure I knew of it.   I don't think I'm missing much by the sound of it.

It went:

Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human (1995)
Blade Runner 3: Replicant Night (1996)
Blade Runner 4: Eye and Talon (2000)

As you know, BR2 was 'okay' (despite the utterly misguided idea of having Gaff dead on page 1), but BR3 was such a drag that I never even gave the final book a chance.

And yes, Dick was positively glowing about the BR footage he saw. Paraphrasing here, but he said it was like the filmmakers had looked directly into his own mind.


Engineer
Aug 28, 2016, 10:30:16 PM
Reply #40 on: Aug 28, 2016, 10:30:16 PM
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The second gaff I saw was the phrase "heat sensitive sensors"

It's grammatically redundant. All he had to say was "heat sensors" which would imply that these sensors were sensitive to heat. Lmao


windebieste
Aug 28, 2016, 10:41:30 PM
Reply #41 on: Aug 28, 2016, 10:41:30 PM
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Yeah.  Hang on I'll just grab my copy...

'ALIEN vs PREDATOR'TM, Marc Cerasini, Page 24:  "Nothing existed in Sector 14, unless you counted polar bears and penguins."

Brilliant!

-Windebieste.



Engineer
Aug 28, 2016, 10:50:48 PM
Reply #42 on: Aug 28, 2016, 10:50:48 PM
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Yeah.  Hang on I'll just grab my copy...

'ALIEN vs PREDATOR'TM, Marc Cerasini, Page 24:  "Nothing existed in Sector 14, unless you counted polar bears and penguins."

Brilliant!

-Windebieste.

Yea that's pretty hilarious!
And as much as I despise the avp movie(s), I have to admit, my least favorite novelization of all time is "predator." Oh man was that one BAAAAD! I don't blame the writer though, he was working off of some early version of the script which obviously changed pretty significantly. I just wish someone had told him the script changed so he could've updated the novel before publishing. Lol


SM
Aug 28, 2016, 11:34:34 PM
Reply #43 on: Aug 28, 2016, 11:34:34 PM
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Lead times are too long.  The novelisation has to be written, edited, printed and shipped prior to the film's release.



 

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