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Darwin's Radio

Posted by Paul Armstrong on 04/29/2018

Hi Mr. Bear, Like many others, I have been reading your novels for decades. Your work is inspiring to say the least. I just revisited Darwin's Radio. Such a fabulous novel and concept. I think the time is right for a movie. With all the garbage currently being produced in Hwood, this would certainly be a hit. Just a thought that I am sure you have heard before. Prodding sometimes helps. Regards, Paul Armstrong

Re: Darwin's Radio

Posted by Greg Bear on 04/30/2018

Thanks, Paul! I agree, and we've got good people working away on concepts even now.

Re: Darwin's Radio

Posted by Sean M. Brooks on 05/01/2018

Mr. Bear: I agree with Mr. Armstrong that it would be very interesting if filmed versions of some of your books were made. Not only that, I wish some daring movie producer/director would take a chance at making filmed adaptations of some of Poul Anderson's books. Here I'm thinking primarily of the Nicholas van Rijn and Dominic Flandry stories.

Re: Darwin's Radio

Posted by Greg Bear on 05/01/2018

Poul and Karen and Astrid and I have all worked with Vince Gerardis on developing proposals for Poul's works. At various stages, we've also brought in Erik and Alex to think through the pitches! So it's been a family operation for many years now.

Re: Darwin's Radio

Posted by Paul Armstrong on 05/01/2018

Hi Greg, Thanks for the quick response. I have never read Moving Mars oddly enough, however, as convergent evolution would have it, I have some related ideas. If you are interested, in exploring further I would appreciate you emailing. Paul Armstrong

Re: Darwin's Radio

Posted by Sean M. Brooks on 05/02/2018

Mr. Bear: Good! I'm glad some work has been done by you and your family to bring about filmed adaptations of some of Poul Anderson's works. If it gets to the point where a film is made, then it becomes crucial for it to remain accurate in both the plot and spirit of the story. Which applies, of course, to films based on your own books!

Re: Darwin's Radio

Posted by Greg Bear on 05/02/2018

Films are different creatures from books. Take a look at the difference between the Bladerunner films and DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP--yet Phil was very pleased with what Scott showed him!

Re: Darwin's Radio

Posted by Sean M. Brooks on 05/02/2018

Mr. Bear: Certainly, what you said about films based on Phil Dick's works. But I had in mind how bitterly disappointed I was by Peter Jackson's LORD OF THE RING and HOBBIT movies. They were often inaccurate, added material not to be found in Tolkien's works, and faithless to the spirit of those works.

Re: Darwin's Radio

Posted by Greg Bear on 05/02/2018

And rewatching them today, in my opinion they are masterpieces! Other than WAR AND PEACE (the Bondarchuk version from Russia) and a few Masterpiece Theater productions, very few movies or TV shows completely translate the original literary texts. Making films is a difficult and delicate art, and quite different from writing a novel or story.

Re: Darwin's Radio

Posted by Greg Bear on 05/02/2018

That is, LOTR was a masterpiece--the HOBBIT movies definitely spread the butter over too much bread!

Re: Darwin's Radio

Posted by Sean M. Brooks on 05/03/2018

Mr. Bear: When it comes to movies based on the works of JRR Tolkien, I'm one of those fans who belong to the purist camp. For example, I disagree with how Peter Jackson substituted Glorfindel for Arwen. It was Glorfindel, after all, who helped to save Frodo from the pursuing Nazgul. So I found it jarring to have him replaced in the movie with Arwen. And the fight of Aragorn with the wargs suring Saruman's invasion of Rohan is totally uncanonical. There are other, similar criticisms I would make, but this is sufficient for my point. And I do completely agree with what you said about the HOBBIT movies. Two films, more strictly faithful to the novel, would have been better.

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