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Yes, Movie Studios, Please Get On the Job - Walking on the Edge
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Yes, Movie Studios, Please Get On the Job
It's been announced that Dreamworks might choose Terry Pratchett's Truckers as a 2012 release.

Which would, of course, be awesome, and a wise choice for them if they can adapt it well. I wish more studios would follow this possibility. I'd have loved to see Sam Raimi's version of The Wee Free Men, but I believe his option on that story has now run out. And I'd really, really love to see anyone do a GOOD adaptation of Guards! Guards! (one Terry has suggested as a good starting point) or another of the Watch books for the silver screen. I mean, don't get me wrong, I do love the tv adaptations done by The Mob, but I am just in awe of the fact that no one in Hollywood has yet realized the amazing potential of, say, a Watch series and jumped on it. I mean, a highly developed world, a highly developed but manageable set of characters, action, adventure, mystery, humor, fantasy, parody, satire, continuing stories yet with original and very unique plots for each book... If they wanted to (well, and if Terry let them) they could do six City Watch books, culminating in Night Watch, which is often said to be The Best Book (not by everyone. Just often. I've heard.) I am puzzled as to why no one has picked up on the potential here.

Anyway: root for Truckers, hurrah!

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addygryff From: addygryff Date: May 28th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC) (current file)
Oooh, those are great news! *bounces* Let's hope they actually end up choosing Truckers.

Also, I totally agree, the Watch books would be absolutely perfect for a series of movies. But I don't know if I'd necessarily want Hollywood to be involved. I quite like those small english productions.. I just wish they'd finally produce them on a bigger scale and bring them to the big screen.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: May 29th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC) (current file)
I like the small productions too - I just feel like to get something to the Big Screen as a big-time general release, it does have to be a little differently produced, perhaps (although I quite enjoyed the cut-down version of The Colour of Magic that they showed as a limited theater release). You know, like in Guards! Guards!, there are many scenes that would easily translate to the kind of explosions and big effects that people expect to see these days (like when the Watch have to jump off the roof to avoid the dragon and then the old factory explodes. I can see it now!) :)
spectralbovine From: spectralbovine Date: May 28th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC) (current file)
I haven't read the Watch books because I've been wanting to read them in order, and the library isn't totally cooperating. But I think my friends have enough to fill in the gaps.

My current The Best Book is Thief of Time, though.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: May 29th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC) (current file)
Yeah, Thief of Time is great, too. (They pretty much all are, heh.) I thought of the Watch ones because they seem like they'd translate the best to reach a general audience and provide for some big effects such as are somewhat expected in movies these days, heh. :)
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foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: May 29th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC) (current file)
I KNOW, RIGHT? :)
insptr_penguin From: insptr_penguin Date: May 29th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC) (current file)
And I'd really, really love to see anyone do a GOOD adaptation of Guards! Guards! (one Terry has suggested as a good starting point) or another of the Watch books for the silver screen.

Word. It seems like such a logical place to begin and I can SEE it coming to life under a skilled director. Silly peeples.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: June 3rd, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC) (current file)
I KNOW. Waaaant. :)
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