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  • JMS update 4/15/07

    JMS posted a nice long update:

    Title: update from jms 4/15/07
    Author: "[email protected]" <[email protected]>
    Date: 15 Apr 2007 03:46:13 -0700
    Message-ID: <[email protected] .com>


    There's been a lot going on, and more to come, so these will be brief
    and to the point....

    The first draft for the script to World War Z has been turned in and
    has met with a *very* positive reaction. I'm making my final
    revisions now and should turn in the second draft by the 23rd or so.

    The B5 DVD has been fully delivered to WB along with finals on all of
    the director's blogs, the interviews, and fireside chats. I'd expect
    to see them online in a few weeks, one at a time.

    "Changeling" continues unabated toward production in the fall. I'm
    looking forward to meeting Clint Eastwood soon, once he returns from
    vacation.

    Having finished WWZ and David, there are at present five other feature
    projects in front of me which I'll be choosing between over the next
    few weeks: one based on a mainstream historical novel by a pulitzer
    prize winning author, another historical work, a very well known
    Marvel comics character, a sequel to a classic mainstream mystery
    film, and a movie based on a massively influential series of SF
    novels. Which of those goes first will depend on the deals now being
    put together. Suffice to say I've found myself in rather stunning
    company of late.

    Expect several major announcements at San Diego Comic Con in addition
    to all the stuff already discussed.

    One of the projects I can't talk about yet is taking me to London in
    early May for a week, and shortly afterward, Berlin. While I'm there,
    I'll also use the time to have meetings at the BBC, Channel 4 and
    elsewhere, and may try to work in a signing somewhere.

    Finally, volume 11 of the script books is about to come out, and I
    wanted to let folks know that there won't be any photos or memos in
    this volume (well, one memo) because this covers the insane period
    between the end of the fourth season and the beginnings of the fifth
    season...all of the fireworks, all the twists and turns, much of it
    never before revealed in detail, day by day, hour by hour, and in
    order to cover all that the introduction/commentary section turned
    into the longest one to date, and not by just a little. It's almost
    23,000 words long, covering over 70 pages. If you want the skinny on
    what happened during those explosive months, this is the definitive
    last word on the subject.

    Also, because these books are being written in chronological fashion
    following the history of the show year by year, we decided to move
    Sleeping in Light into this volume...so you get Deconstruction,
    Sleeping in Light, and the season 5 debut, No Compromises, and four
    others.

    The one thing I can promise is that folks are going to be talking
    about this volume for a very, very long time...and many things not
    previously understood or debated about will be set to rights and
    explained, once and for all.

    jms
    Whew!

    Jan
    "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

  • #2
    Wow! God, I can't wait for the script book, let alone TLT. And the mind boggles at what the 'very well known Marvel comics character', the 'sequel to a classic mainstream mystery film', or the 'movie based on a massively influential series of SF novels' could be, if any of those go ahead!

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    • #3
      Wow, JMS is sure keeping out of trouble. And that is good for us, sounds like something for everyone - movies, script books, B5, other mysterious endeavours. I can't wait to get to see all this stuff.
      Flying around the room under my own power.

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      • #4
        and a movie based on a massively influential series of SF
        novels
        Foundation is influential.
        Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by LessonInMachismo View Post
          Foundation is influential.
          That was the first series that came to my mind as well. But, talk about a difficult series to bring to film! I'd be hoping for maybe the Amber series myself. That would be much more cinematic.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by LessonInMachismo View Post
            Foundation is influential.
            Is Discworld influential? I can imagine what JMS would do with that.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by SLerman View Post
              Is Discworld influential? I can imagine what JMS would do with that.
              Pervasive, popular, high quality, high and lowbrow comedy, but in general not so groundbreaking as to be called massively influential. Or at least I'd think it's a stretch. I think a movie of Discworld (scratch most of it and just do Night Watch, hell) would be great, even if hard to nail given a lot of comedy suckage these days. I just doubt it's what Joe's talking about.

              I like the Foundation idea myself. Although the last time Hollywood raided Asimov it didn't turn out so well.
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              • #8
                John Carter of Mars?

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                • #9
                  Let's kick it up another notch. BAM!

                  Foundation: Created by David S. Goyer, Josh Friedman. With Lou Llobell, Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Leah Harvey. A complex saga of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy all living under the rule of the Galactic Empire.
                  Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LessonInMachismo View Post
                    Let's kick it up another notch. BAM!
                    Sigh, no IMDB Pro.

                    My first thought was A.C. Clark's Rama series. Morgan Freeman has been trying to put that production together for years.

                    FP

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                    • #11
                      Asimov's Foundation series, or maybe E.E. Smith's Lensman series, or Niven's Ringworld series or even the rest of the Known Space series...
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by WillieStealAndHow View Post
                        Asimov's Foundation series, or maybe E.E. Smith's Lensman series, or Niven's Ringworld series or even the rest of the Known Space series...
                        I would love it to be Foundation. Especially considering Lesson's post. But is it really novels?
                        Since we're talking Asimov: how about the robot novels?

                        I frankly hope it's not Rama. Please leave my images alone! While I loved the original one, I was less than impressed with the first two of the trilogy, and haven't read the last one (which I've heard actually is good).

                        Maybe something by Van Vogt? Mmmm I have to read the null-A and Ischer series again. I have only very vague recollections of those.

                        Waitwaitwait Pleeease let it be either Planet of Adventure or Star King by Jack Vance! Or The Dying Earth! Or Big Planet!

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                        • #13
                          Ringworld would be very cinematic and is quite a story. I bet all the kiddies would be screaming that it rips off Halo though!

                          While I really enjoyed the Foundation trilogy (I don't think I've read any of the many Foundation books published after the original three) you've got to admit that it is a lot less "adventurous" than any SF work that has been successful on the big screen. JMS is one of the few writers who could probably pull it off, but I have a very hard time seeing a major studio backing this project unless it is changed dramatically (read add a whole lot of space battles etc.) from the written work.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by FuryPilot View Post
                            Sigh, no IMDB Pro.

                            My first thought was A.C. Clark's Rama series.
                            FP
                            That was my thought too Fury!

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                            • #15
                              "and a movie based on a massively influential series of SF
                              novels."

                              now this can be read several ways, as mentioned asimov's foundation heptoligy is influential but it my memorry serves the rights for a feature were purchased by the bbc not all that long ago and i doubt they have expired (my memery may easily be faulty here and i can't find the article from a year or so ago so pinch of salt)
                              but this was not one of the 2 that came to mind imidiatly (well 3 but 2 authors)

                              first i thought about The Dragon Rider of Pern a movie that has been trying to get itself made for over 20 years! and with the news Anne McCaffrey has once again agreed to see treatments (well her and her son todd anyway).
                              the other was her Crystal Singer trilogy which has influenced MANY modern scifi writers(not as much as her dragon books, and now that i'm typing this i can also see her extremly inflencial ship books being the referance too)

                              the otherone that i find as a Highly possible is the Honor Harrington Series by David Weber which along with elizabeth moons military scifi has redefined the realism and depth now expected out of "hard" science fiction, the influences are mainly seen from him (and Ms Moon) over the last decade or so as the readers demand that depth

                              of those sugested so far i think all of them would be great but i have to think that DragonRiders is the most likly as almost all attempts to produce asimov's or heinlein's works have fallen flat becuase of too much being changed.


                              ok a 4th thought has litteraly JUST hit me
                              Orson Scott Card has been in talks for many years to get Ender's Game produced but keeps scrapping it as they always try to get him to agree to making them 16 or so not 11, and only last year he said he finally got to work with someone who finally understood(stating the harry potter movies as a reason it could finally be worked) and in a year or so it should be at the screenplay part

                              "a MAJOR marvel charicter"

                              first thought was THOR (well he is writing the book), but then i thought a bit more and Marvel has annocuned its intention to produce not only a Magneto movie but also a WOLVERINE movie and Wolvie is one of the most iconic SINGLE chars marvel has granted hes been an x-man, and avenger, and parts of other teams but he does stand alone quite well. and since we have spidy already i can't think of that many other "major" chars to get the tap for a solo movie

                              well thats my .02 cents

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