(urth) The Soundtrack
Daniel D Jones
ddjones at riddlemaster.org
Tue Apr 10 04:55:08 PDT 2007
On Monday 09 April 2007 19:14, Mark Lewin wrote:
> I doubt if if anyone on this list disagrees with me that none of GW's books
> would make a good film.
> What ... you do? Which one?
That depends a great deal on precisely what you mean when you say "...a good
film." I think most people would agree that TBOTNS wouldn't _translate_ well
to film. It would be impossible to capture a great deal of what makes that
series work in a visual medium. However, that's not at all the same thing as
saying that TBOTNS would not make a good film. With the correct choice of
screen writer and director, it could make a good film. But the film wouldn't
tell the same story that Wolfe told in his books. (And, of course, with poor
choices as writer and director, it could be made into the most God awful pap
ever to grace the silver screen.)
That being said, I think some of his "lesser" works would translate well to
film. I can't think of anything vital in "Pandora" which would be lost in
film. Same with "Devil in a Forest."
The events of the Latro series would probably translate well but I'm not sure
that the same sense of Latro's memory loss could be maintained throughout a
film as are present in the prose. Again, they could make a great film but
I'm not sure that it would tell the same story.
"Fifth Head" is a more interesting proposition. It would be tricky to pull
off, particularly the third book, but I think the right writer and director
could make an absolutely amazing trio of films from that series.
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