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I stand corrected, not having actually read the book... was too much to assume that a noted book author would extend the courtesy of staying somewhat faithful to another author's novel when writing the movie script, eh?

 

Though Frede said the first four 007 movies were more faithful to the books than the fifth, that's not saying much. If the movies had been completely faithful to the original books, Bond would be dead at the end of From Russia With Love. Artistic liberties were taken with the series in general.

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... and Dr. No would've drowned in a pile of bird shit ;)

 

You're right, of course. The only adaptations that are pretty much completely spot-on (as opposed to fairly close) would be On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Casino Royale, I'd say...

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I second that completely. Mainly based on "Star Trek", without which I wouldn't much of a fan of that franchise. That film obviously had its fair share of CGI shots, but I was under the impression there were lots of practical effects as well, and ultimately, the acting and chemistry between the actors were what made that film truly great. The Prequels were the exact opposites of that approach. I'm also thrilled that Lawrence Kasdan is on board as a consultant on the films that he is not actually writing.

 

Part of me is obviously still skeptical, but at the same time, I have really high hopes now. You're right that anything would be better than the Prequels, but to me, it really looks like they're pulling out all the stops. And last, but not least, I assume that by getting another consultant, they're effectively reducing Lucas' input even more. They probably haven't hired Kasdan only to turn down all of his input in favour of whatever Lucas may come up with. That's a really good sign, in my opinion, and if Kasdan still has the ability to come up with another "The Empire Strikes Back" or "Raiders of the Lost Ark", there is no way this won't be awesome.

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I formally propose that Episode 7 be a gripping noir-style drama. There will be two different plotlines; the first has a depressed, aimless Luke coming to terms with his father's death and trying to find a purpose in life now that the Empire has been defeated, while the other will follow Anakin in the afterlife as he is confronted by the spirits of everyone he betrayed and killed when he turned to the dark side.

 

The title will be "Episode VII: Life After Darth".

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I don't know about you guys, but I am decidedly NOT enthusiastic about the choice of screen writer. According to wikipedia, Michael Arndt has written only two sci-fi scripts, neither of which have been released yet. His big hit "Little Miss Sunshine" looks like the kind of story I would not watch unless somebody paid me (a lot). My best hope at the moment is that he'll be adapting somebody else's terrific story and do a faithful job of it, since it looks like both his other upcoming sci-fi stories are based on existing books.

 

I really enjoyed Little Miss Sunshine. Really good film, but I suppose not really the same genre...

Roald Dahl was a pretty terrific writer, but note that even so You Only Live Twice was analogous to my "best hope", which is that the screen writer uses the story from an experienced writer of the genre (in that case, Ian Fleming) and does a good job at adaptation.

 

He was a raging anti-Semite though. Not a nice man at all. Not that this makes his work any less entertaining. Just something to bear in mind. :)

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I really enjoyed Little Miss Sunshine. Really good film, but I suppose not really the same genre...

Irvin Kershner and Richard Marquand were not exactly a sci-fi directors either. Nor has Lawrence Kasdan written other sci-fi scripts than Episode V and VI. The former, especially, turned out very well. And the climactic duel about the Death Star in Return of the Jedi is still one of my favourite film scenes of all time. If pressed, I'll even take Ewoks over Gungans any day.

 

No offence, penguinfan, but by the logic of what Gareth has quoted above, the Prequels should have been excellent because George Lucas had a number of sci-fi films under his belt. In my view, that was not the case... ;) I too enjoyed Little Miss Sunshine, and I think choosing Arndt is a very intriguing move. I'd have been worried if they had chosen a well-established sci-fi writer who'd try to throw everything but the kitchen sink in there, as far as exotic aliens, technology and lightsaber battles go.

 

After three films consisting largely of overblown CG and wooden acting, Star Wars very much needs the human touch and the drama back. And Arndt has certainly proved himself capable of handling those.

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Irvin Kershner and Richard Marquand were not exactly a sci-fi directors either. Nor has Lawrence Kasdan written other sci-fi scripts than Episode V and VI. The former, especially, turned out very well. And the climactic duel about the Death Star in Return of the Jedi is still one of my favourite film scenes of all time. If pressed, I'll even take Ewoks over Gungans any day.

 

No offence, penguinfan, but by the logic of what Gareth has quoted above, the Prequels should have been excellent because George Lucas had a number of sci-fi films under his belt. In my view, that was not the case... ;) I too enjoyed Little Miss Sunshine, and I think choosing Arndt is a very intriguing move. I'd have been worried if they had chosen a well-established sci-fi writer who'd try to throw everything but the kitchen sink in there, as far as exotic aliens, technology and lightsaber battles go.

 

Hey Frede, not sure why you're talking about whether directors had previous experience on similar movies, because I didn't see anyone raise that as an issue. Only the writer, so bringing up Lawrence Kasden is definitely on-topic. He had a talent for exciting action movies given that he also did Raiders of the Lost Ark, but it wouldn't have been obvious to fans of the day since Star Wars was his first. So I can hope that something similar happens with the upcoming movie. Will definitely be listening to reviews from friends when it comes out, to see whether the old greatness is back or not.

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