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Topic: Darwin Series to Big Screen?

From: Ken
Location: Dallas Texas
Date: 03/23/2008

I know that a lot of people ask about the Forge/Anvil books but I think that the Darwin series could be a great pair of Thrillers on the big screen. They are very character based, so with the right actors I think they could do very well (without the SFX needed for most of your other novels.

And another question, are you coming out to the Dallas area anytime soon? I'd love to get a few of my books signed. You were one of my dad's favorites and he turned me on to your books with Forge about 10 years ago. I'm sad he wasn't around for Quantico, I think it might have been his favorite book of yous if he could have read it.

Re: Darwin Series to Big Screen?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/28/2008

DARWIN'S RADIO is on the back burner. There's a terrific screenplay, but miniseries possibilities have faded for now. One of my favorite screenwriters, around 2000, spent a few weeks trying to crack the Darwin story line for a motion picture, but finally threw up his hands--he just couldn't think how to fit in a car chase at the end! And that, he felt, was essential to getting a movie project off the ground. (I was happy to put in a car chase, myself.) I've been watching a lot of Sidney Lumet movies the past few weeks, and would love to have him take a look. I'll even throw in a few lawyer characters to make that work.

Re: Darwin Series to Big Screen?

From: ryan
Location: cleveland, oh
Date: 03/28/2008

I've been watching a lot of old BBC miniseries on DVD. They did a good job on John Le Carre's Tinker, tailor, Soldier, Spy novel. The only violence was a brief gun battle in the beginning and a sudden karate chop at the end. They have, or had, a good sensibility for converting novels to mini series. PBS used to show a lot of them.

Re: Darwin Series to Big Screen?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/02/2008

Ah, the UK tradition of paying careful attention to a novel when adapting it for the home screen... sadly lacking in many American efforts. Our audiences, some seem to think, are just too dumb to watch or understand the real thing.

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